MUMBAI: All the 9-car trains on the harbour line will be converted into 12-car rakes by June end. Besides the conversion of trains to the 12-cars, the platforms of harbour line and slow corridor of main line on Central railway (CR) will be at par with the platforms of the Metro stations, where platforms are at the level of train footboard.
The announcement was made, on Sunday, by CR general manager SK Sood during a function at Bandra. Railway minister Suresh Prabhu dedicated the much delayed DC-AC conversion project and running of 12-coach trains on harbour line to the nation, at the function at Bandra railway colony. Sood also announced the ground breaking ceremony of the Panvel coaching complex and Parel terminus by the railway minister at Dadar on Monday.
“Platforms of harbour line and slow corridor of main line will be developed like Metro, bringing them to the level of train foot board. It was not possible till now as we have to run outstation trains on these corridors at present,” said Sood.
Highlighting t he i mportance of Parel terminus project which will have 5th and 6th line between Kurla-CST, Sood said once two new lines are operational, outstation trains will run on those lines and fast corridor in case of emergency.
Currently, there is a big gap between train foot board and platforms, even though railway administration has increased height of all the platforms to 840 mm, after the accident of teenaged Monika More in 2012. Hence, if all the platforms were raised to train foot board leve like in case of Metro, it would ease boarding and alighting off trains besides reducing accidents.
Sood also assured to convert all remaining nine-coach trains on harbour line into 12-car.
“We have about 600 services on harbour line. Within next week we will convert 200 of those into 12 cars. Until now, CR has converted 50 trains into 12 cars from 9 cars on harbour line.
Speaking on the occasion, Prabhu said railway is going to develop 48 suburban stations with the help of the state government. It will bring big relief to commutes, he said.
“We are planning to bring comprehensive package for Mumbai suburban services,” said Prabhu. He also added that the Railways was planning a new joint venture committee in association with the state to take up some Mumbai project.
The trials of Talgo train that underwent its first trials in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, will also be conducted between DelhiMumbai soon, said Prabhu, adding that the railways will operate superfast ‘Tejas’ trains, announced in railway budget on Mumbai-Pune route soon.