From Thursday night, Western Railway (WR) began its first night block to fix roofs over its extended platforms at Churchgate station. The block will last 44 days.
Those travelling after 11 pm will have to go to Marine Lines station from where the trains will begin and terminate. Those travelling before 11 pm can travel from Churchgate as usual.
The number of days required for the Rs 5.78-crore job to be completed is 58, of which 44 will require night blocks.
The work has been divided into three schedules – 39 night blocks of 3 hours 30 minutes, five blocks of 5 hours 30 minutes and two blocks of 7 hours 30 minutes – resulting in the cancellation of 17 trains and short termination (starting and ending points) of 106 trains
at Marine Lines and Mahalaxmi stations.
These will include trains coming from Borivli and Virar during these hours.
“But, we will continue to run the last local to Borivli and Virar from Churchgate on all 44 nights while the block is on. Other trains during this period will terminate at Marine Lines,” said S Chandrayan, chief PRO of WR.
The last train for Virar and Borivli departs Churchgate at 12.50 am and 1 am respectively.
For nearly 60 years, the roofs at Churchgate station have covered only 9-car trains, while commuters using 12-car trains have to bear the scorching heat during summers and heavy rains during the monsoon.
After this work is completed on December 12, WR will take an additional 12 days to remove material and other allied machinery from the station. Train services will, however, remain unaffected during this period.