The Central Railway's suburban rail network in Mumbai will soon be running the second largest number of services single network by a single mainline railway in a day.
The Central Railway, with the introduction of 62 additional services from May 29, will touch the mark of 1,556 suburban services in a day, second only to the Delhi Metro.
"This far surpasses Western Railway's daily suburban services of 1,210. Daily mainline suburban services run in cities such as Kolkata, Chennai and Delhi, but they are not even close," a senior official said requesting anonymity.
Delhi Metro, a public enterprise, runs 1,900 services daily.
"Mumbai's network is a complex network and during peak hours, there is a train every three minutes. The CR plans to add more services as soon as the work on the line is converted from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC)," the official added.
The network is also adding more corridors that will give it space for more trains. "Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has proposed segregating the suburban services from the outstation ones, which will allow us to add more trains that are being inducted under the World Bank project," the officer said.
Among the new services to be introduced are four ladies' special trains, Mathrubhoomi special, on the trans-harbour line on the Thane-Panvel section.
These trains will, however, run as general services on Sundays and holidays.
The additional services are an initiative of CR's general manager Bharat Bhushan Modgil who is retiring on Monday.
While 18 additional trains have been introduced on the harbour line, 44 were introduced on the Thane-Vashi-Panvel trans-harbour line. Panvel is emerging as the next transport hub for outstation trains.
"We are going to increase services on the main line too once it is converted from DC to AC in a few months," S.C. Mudgerikar, CR's spokesperson, said.
The network is also planning to introduce 12-car trains on the trans-harbour line and is increasing the length of platforms.