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CST train services restored

india Updated: Aug 17, 2009 01:27 IST
Shashank Rao
Shashank Rao
Hindustan Times
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It took 200 people working in each of the six shifts to cut through the mammoth 141-year-old steel foot over-bridge at Masjid Bunder station in 48 hours.

With the demolition work complete, train services to and from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) were restored on Sunday evening. The Titwala-CST train reached CST around 11.25 pm.

The makeover at Masjid Bunder will help 12-coach trains to stop only once at the station.

Till now, Masjid Bunder was the only station where 12-car trains had to halt twice to allow passengers to board and alight.

“We are extending the platform till the new bridge to allow commuters to alight and board with ease,” said S.C. Mudgerikar, chief spokesperson, CR.

From Friday, 12-coach trains will stop only once at the station. Currently, work on levelling and surfacing the extended platform is on.

On Sunday, the last of the 10 steel girders was removed and 65 m of the 74-m-long extended platform levelled. The debris was shifted to CST, Wadi Bunder and Kurla.

The tracks on the main line and Harbour line were shifted, which would facilitate the railways to start work on the seventh line for outstation trains. The seventh line will be laid between CST and Wadi Bunder. The work is slated to be complete by December.

The CR also shifted the tracks on the Harbour line. The bridge carrying tracks towards Sandhurst Road was also slightly realigned as all tracks were shifted. However, this work would take more time for completion and would be carried out during normal mega-blocks. This, though, wouldn’t affect services on Harbour line from Monday.

The Direct Current –Alternate Current (AC) conversion of overhead wires, too, would gather pace, which wouldn’t have been possible without bringing down the old bridge, as a clearance of over 6 m is required between the tracks and bridges.

Trains running on AC current will not only be faster, but the traction will also allow more services to be run.

This century-old structure had a ticket booking office and an eatery house, which has now been shifted onto a new, higher foot over-bridge constructed just adjacent to the one that was demolished.