All those who travel on the Central line of the suburban rail, should leave their house early from March 27 onwards, because, the Central Railway (CR) will begin work to connect two additional lines on the Kurla-Thane corridor.
The CR plans to connect the fifth and sixth lines with the Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) at Vidyavihar this weekend, 16 years after they first started work in it.
The work on connecting the lines will take around 10 days.
The first block will begin on the Saturday night at 12.30am and will extend till 2.30 pm on Sunday.
During this time, trains will run at slow speeds between Mulund and Matunga.
For suburban commuters, train services from Monday onwards may get affected, because work will be carried out during the night.
“The block can be extended on weekdays too because the quantum of work is huge and cannot be left incomplete,” said a senior CR official on condition of anonymity.
From Monday, all suburban trains running on the fast corridor will either be diverted or will run at a speed restriction of 20 kmph.
“The preparatory work has already begun and all the required raw materials like tracks, and cables are being taken to the site,” said Vidyadhar Malegaonkar, chief PRO, Central Railway.
This will also affect the Mail Express long distance trains because during the block period, none of these trains will leave or arrive at Kurla LTT.
Another major block will be between April 2-3, when a 30-hour block will be implemented.
The first six hours will be a continuous block during which all four lines — two each on fast and slow corridors — will be shut for operation.
The remaining 24 hours will affect only the fast corridor, because the fast lines from both ends of the CR (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Kalyan) are connected to the lines along the Kurla LTT.
Only last week, the commissioner of railway safety (CRS) inspected the entire Kurla-Thane stretch and finally gave CR permission to operate trains.