By the end of this month, there might be no train delays on the central line between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Thane station — except due to technical snags.
And by June, the Central Railway (CR) might also increase its number of services.
CR officials revealed this after the commissioner of railway safety conducted its
last inspection of the additional fifth and sixth lines between Kurla and Thane stations on Saturday.
“The tracks look fine, the changes that were suggested have been done. The CR will connect the tracks between Kurla and Vidyavihar station during the mega block this weekend," said Chetan Bakshi, commissioner of railway safety.
“The additional lines will start by March-end and will create 25 new paths between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Thane. Trains will not halt between Thane and Kurla stations. There will be a definite improvement in the punctuality of the trains between CST and Thane,” said V Malegaonkar, chief public relation officer, CR.
The two additional lines will be used for outstations trains on the Kurla-Thane stretch, thus not hindering fast train services on the suburban lines.
Around 24 outstation trains that start from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus would directly run towards Thane on the additional lines, instead of plying on the fast line.
Malegaonkar added that the frequency of the trains between CST and Thane might also increase by June.
“The frequency depends up on the demand of the public and availability of rakes. We will come up with a new timetable in June, and then figure out how many services can be increased,” he added.
The commissioner of railway safety had earlier inspected the fifth and sixth lines in January and February.