From this Independence Day, you can expect more outstation trains starting from Bandra Terminus.
This is because the Western Railway (WR) will start operating three new platforms at Bandra, which would gradually accommodate more outstation trains.
All these platforms will have room for 24-coach trains, as the existing three platforms can contain only up to 20-coach trains.
There is only one platform at Mumbai Central, which can accommodate 24-coach trains.
However, there is only a single track, each for entry and exit points at Bandra Terminus.
“With only single entry and exit points, the number of trains can be added only once the schedule of outstation and suburban trains is tightened,” said a senior WR official.
The WR is looking at remodelling Bandra Terminus by creating additional entry and exit points, creating more platforms, pit lines for outstation trains to go to the yard, separating the main line from the suburban route and a foot overbridge connecting all platforms.
“We will also create space for maintenance of outstation trains. But it would be completed only by next year,” said S. Gupta, Chief PRO, WR.
The authorities are setting a target of completing the remodelling by June 2011 at a cost of Rs 26.11 crore.
Every day 46 trains arrive and depart from Bandra, while 18 pairs of trains operate from Mumbai Central.
The number increases during summer and winter vacations when seven and four pairs are added in the Bandra Terminus and Mumbai Central services respectively.
However, the problem will escalate for suburban commuters when the number of outstation trains starting and terminating at Bandra Terminus increases.
There are no separate lines for outstation trains up to Khar, beyond which there is a 5th line.
This will disturb the movements of local trains as more number of outstation trains will start running from Bandra Terminus.