Western and Central Railways have scheduled major blocks on Sunday, which will see nearly 100 train services cancelled.
Western Railway (WR) will work on its conversion from 1,500-volt Direct Current (DC) to 25,000-volt Alternating Current (AC) between Borivli and Virar.
This is a historical shift as Mumbai’s suburban locals are the only trains running on DC. And the short-term price to pay is that 78 of its services stand cancelled on Sunday.
“The conversion will result in better train services, but rooftop travellers will be electrocuted even if they’re sitting two meters away,” said WR Deputy General Manager G Pillai. The work is from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. Trains starting and ending at Virar, Vasai and Bhayander will be cancelled.
The conversion will improve WR’s punctuality record, with trains running faster on lesser power. “We will also be introducing 29 new trains by March 2011. Trains older than 10 years will be fitted with new parts,” said another WR official.
Central Railway (CR) will have maintenance of its overhead wires and tracks, resulting in cancellation of some Harbour line services, and fast trains running slow after Thane. Sources said around 20 CR train services will be cancelled from 10.20 am to 4.15 pm.
These services will start and end at Panvel, Belapur and Vashi, going to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).
“To avoid inconvenience, we'll have special trains every 20 minutes,” said CR spokesperson V Chandrasekhar.
Its fast trains between Thane and Kalyan will run on slow tracks - maintenance work there starts at 9.55 am and ends at 3.25 pm.