With the work for plying 15-car suburban trains between Churchgate and Dadar stations delaying services for the second consecutive day, the Western Railway (WR) has decided to postpone its launch to Friday.
On Tuesday, suburban trains were delayed by 15 minutes, mostly on the fast line.
WR officials said the Wednesday deadline for the launch of 15-car trains on the Churchgate-Dadar section was “wishful”.
“It would have been a difficult task to run 15-car trains by Thursday with work still pending,” said a senior WR official, on condition of anonymity.
The mandatory inspections of rail tracks and other conditions between Dadar-Churchgate stations by the Commission of Railway Safety are still incomplete.
The authorities are rushing to begin 15-car trains services on this section because general manager RN Verma will retiring this month, and it is his pet project. On November 2009, he had launched the 15-car train on the Dadar-Virar stretch.
On Tuesday too, trains were running between Churchgate and Marine Lines stations at not more than 10kmph.
“We have issued a caution order where trains will have to maintain speed restrictions near Churchgate,” said S Chandrayan, chief public relations officer, WR.
Sources said WR would be forced to carry out another mega block from 11pm on Tuesday until 5am the next day to rectify the problem “in detail”, which means they will have to remove the old crossover - the point where tracks intersect and trains move from one line to another - that is close to platform numbers three and four.
They would conduct inspections by Friday.
In a related development, several projects such as the Churchgate-Borivli sixth line, Thane-Diva and CST-Kurla fifth and sixth lines, are expected to get stuck because the Indian Railways are facing a Rs 2,600-crore deficit.