Panvel is a passenger rail station located in the Panvel suburb of Navi Mumbai. The station serves the Harbour Line and Central zone of the Mumbai Suburban Railway. It also inter-connects to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport, integrating along with Palm Beach Marg. Panvel station was originally opened as an rail freight transport in 1962, for limited service to Diva railway station. Regular commuter service began in 1964 for passengers headed to Khopoli.
Inbound and outbound trains shares a nine-car platform on the inbound track, requiring Panvel passengers to embark or debark from the forthcoming coaches of outbound trains or the rear coaches of inbound trains. Panvel also serves a parallel route for Karjat railway station which is known as the “Panvel-Karjat route”. The route has been set up for cargo services travelling from Karjat to Navi Mumbai. An in-development terminus of the station has been proposed in 2007.
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport buses from the station serve the Old Panvel; it is expected to increase ridership at Old Panvel from 94% total daily boardings and alightings.After the success of the bus services, NMMT proposed to expand the bus services from the station.
The station was introduced as the “Panvel-Diva railway line”, serving as rail freight transport in 1962 and was used as cargo services. The Indian Railways ministry had commissioned as the independent commuter railway services in 1964.In addition, a number of development activities had been conducted, including the track expansions, electrification of the coaches and introduction of a number of long-route express trains.
In 2012, CIDCO had proposed a 25 kilometres (16 mi) metro corridor of Navi Mumbai Metro, linking from Belapur to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport. However, on January 2016, the CST-Panvel elevated corridor project was proposed by Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MVRC) to connect the route along Palm Beach Marg to the proposed international airport. The corridor, although was originally proposed to link the parallel route between Reay Road and Panvel. The report was revised on February 2016 of the project and was stated that the corridor will be integrated with the Navi Mumbai Metro, connecting the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to the proposed airport.
CIDCO has implemented a six-corridor railway project including the Mankhurd – Belapur – Panvel Railway Line and Panvel/Belapur – Uran Railway Line. The project will be developed with an expenditure on a ratio of 67:33; ₹466 crore (US$69 million) from Indian Railways and ₹946 crore (US$140 million) from CIDCO, covering a length of 200 kilometres (120 mi) and occupying 900 hectares of land.
The Mankhurd – Belapur – Panvel Railway Corridor Line was first commissioned on 25 January 1995 as a single line connecting to Khandeshwar station from Belapur station. The line was subsequently expanded to Panvel on 29 June 1998. On 14 April 2000, the line got subsequently expanded as double line services from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to Panvel
The Panvel/Belapur – Uran Corridor Line was originally planned in 1996, but later it was halted due to unknown reasons in 2008. According to the 2009 reports, the expenses of the project was around ₹1,412.17 crore (US$210 million), including the expenses of constructing foot-over bridges and installation of railway network for Belapur station from the proposed station Sagarganga (Kille). The planned stations between the route including Seawoods, Sagar Sangam, Targhar, Bamandongari, Kharkopar, Gavhan, Ranjanpada, Nava-Sheva, Dronagiri and Uran with a length of 27 kilometres (17 mi), will be developed in the first phase of the project in 2017. Due to the scarcity of the land required for the tracks development, a 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) of forest land between Gavhan and Ranjanpada stations will be acquired by the corporation for phase 2 of the development.
In 2007, the Central Railways ministries had proposed to develop a terminus, serving the inbound and outbound long distance express trains. According to the general manager, V. K. Kaul, it was announced that the project will be developed with an expenditure of ₹22 crore (US$3.3 million). City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) stated that the corporation also has a two-third of expenditure on the project and the CR has the major expenditure plan. However, in 2015 the project was re-announced with a total expenditure of ₹126 crore (US$19 million) from the CR ministries.The CR ministries also stated that the development of the terminus will be completed in 2018. The terminus also consists two separate platforms for the express trains
Some trains are originate and passes through Panvel Railway Station:
10111:Konkan Kanya Express
11003:Rajya Rani Express
01021:Mumbai CST – Karmali Specialfare Ganpati Special
22115:Lokmanya Tilak Karmali Railway Station AC Super Fast
01003:Mumbai CST – Karmali Specialfare Ganpati Special
01091:Mumbai LTT – Ratnagiri Specialfare Special
01004:Karmali – Mumbai CST Specialfare Ganpati Special
01022:Karmali – Mumbai CST Specialfare Ganpati Special
11101:Pune Gwalior Express
09009:Mumbai – Karmali Specialfare Ganpati Special
09416:Ahmedabad – Karmali Special Fare Special
09418:Ahmedabad – Karmali Specialfare Ganpati Special
10112:Konkan Kanya Express
22414:Hazrat Nizamuddin Madgaon Raj