There would be more space inside suburban trains on Central Railway (CR) from August after the remaining eleven nine-car trains running on the main line would be converted to 12-car. At present, there are 61 12-car trains plying on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Kasara/Karjat stretch.
The earlier deadline for converting trains on the main line from nine-car to 12-car was December 2011. There are around 37 lakh commuters traveling on the CR including Harbour (CST-Panvel) and Trans-Harbour line (Thane-Panvel), of which 80% of them travel on the main line.
Every day, 104 services of these eleven nine-car trains are made to run on the slow and fast lines. “We would be advancing this deadline set by us to August,” said Vidyadhar Malegaonkar, chief PRO of the Central Railway.
As part of the conversion, the CR would get coaches from the Western Railway (WR) as and when the latter gets new violet-white trains under Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP). Under the phase-I of MUTP, the city was scheduled to get 129 12-car trains and one nine-car train. Of these, 115 trains are already in place and by May-June 2011, the remaining trains would also arrive from the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai. This lot of train is heading towards the WR in order to complete the conversion from 1500-Volt Direct Current to 25,000-Volt Alternating Current.
“Our primary target is to convert all nine-car trains to 12-car trains. Later, we will begin work on 15-car trains,” said a senior CR official on condition of anonymity.