Dadar is a railway station on both the Western (Dadar) and Central Lines (Dadar T.T.) of the Mumbai Suburban Railway network and having terminals on both sides. The Western and Central Line terminals are connected by a walkway and foot over bridge. Dadar is situated in the heart of Mumbai , and Dadar station is common to both the Central and Western Lines. This makes the station a transit point for thousands of passengers using the Mumbai Suburban Railway.
Platforms 5 and 6 on the Western Line, cater to outstation trains, local trains terminating at Dadar and the 15-car local trains. On the Central Railway side, Dadar station caters to both Central Railway Suburban trains and also outstation trains. There is a separate terminus for outstation trains which terminate at Dadar on the Central side called as Dadar TT.
Western Railway (WR) is currently constructing a "mid-town" terminus to decongest Dadar station. It will consist of a new elevated station premise with escalators. "The entire premise will be up parallel to the Tilak Bridge up above and commuters on the foot over bridge will be able to catch cabs at the first floor level itself. The space below the elevated deck will be used to carry additional tracks to connect Mumbai Central station , thus increasing the capacity of stations as the separate tracks would then be dedicated for outstation trains, segregating outstation trains. This will give us more space for trains and passengers," a WR official said. The project will cost 30 crore (US$5.46 million).
The new terminus will also become the hub of the new 12-car and 15-car suburban trains will introduced in the future. The new premise will have entry and parking facilities for vehicles from the Tilak Bridge itself. Commuter will no longer have to pass through narrow alleys and bridges to access the station. Several foot overbridges are also planned to connect the Tulsi Pipe Road directly to the new station.
Ceasing Long-Distance TrainsEdit
In October 2012, CR announced plans to cease long distance train services at Dadar within 5-6 years. The load would be transferred to Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) by upgrading the number of platforms at LTT from five to 12. CR plans to introduce connectivity with other modes of transport as well as build a a mall, multi-storey parking, escalators, restaurants, food courts, better signage and indicators, budget hotels and an aesthetically pleasing exterior and interior. The project will be implemented on public-private partnership (PPP) mode and is expected to cost 5000-6000 croe. The project will be executed by the Railway Land Development Authority on the 20 acres of land that CR possesses around LTT.