The Central Railway (CR) is set to introduce a 12-coach train service, six years after it first connected train services between Thane and Vashi, with 9-coach trains.
Central Railway will convert six of its eleven 9-coach trains into 12-coach trains after extending the platforms on the Trans Harbour line of Thane-Turbhe-Vashi-Panvel.
This would mean that the number of services connecting Panvel, which is the most likely location for the second airport, will increase by more than 100 services everyday.
Currently Central Railway is running 208 train services on this stretch.
This would augment the carrying capacity by more than 10 per cent, which is being used by around two lakh commuters everyday.
The rail traffic on this stretch is not much and so the CR authorities expect each train to run 20 services per day in order to support the increasing number of commuters in Navi Mumbai and Panvel.
A senior CR official said, "The general manager of CR, R.N. Verma might flag-off the 12-coach trains, though the dates are yet to be ascertained."
12-coach trains have been having trial runs since November 2008 between Thane and Vashi.
Ladies special trains are also part of new services introduced on the Trans Harbour line.
These trains however will run as general services on Sundays and holidays.
The CR has converted the 9-coach trains into 12-coach, after disengaging 3 coaches from the old red-and-white trains running on the main line, and adding it to those plying on the Trans Harbour.
"We are aiming to start the 12-coach train services by this month," said S. Mudgerikar, chief PRO of Central Railway.
The CR has meanwhile started procuring additional new-age trains from the last batch of 35-trains under the MUTP phase-I to operate on the main line.