After converting all nine-car trains to 12-car on the mainline, the Central Railway (CR) now plans to start the 15-car services.
The CR is working on the technicalities to augment the 12-car rakes to 15-car and the decision on how soon the work will start will take place on Saturday.
“On Thursday, the possibility of extending 12-car to 15-car rakes was discussed in a meeting held with the principal head of department officer. However, the decision to start the work will be taken by general manager Subodh Kumar Jain,” said VA Malegaonkar, chief public officer, CR.
Malegaonkar said the administration was working on technicalities and the engineering aspects of converting the trains to 15-car rakes. The conversion will also involve civil work of extending the length of the platforms, signal and overhead wires adjustments.
“The feasibility of the extension is being examined,” said a senior official on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media. “While there is no problem at Dadar, Thane and Kalyan as we already run 24-coach trains there, we will have to check at other stations.”
The conversion of 12 to 15-car rakes will reduce the density of trains to a great extent as the per train capacity will increase by 1,000 passengers.
Currently, the CR is running 1,573 daily suburban trains in Mumbai by utilising 117 rakes, of which 729 services are operated on 12-coach trains on the mainline.