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Repairs on, train services to be hit today

Try and avoid commuting on Mumbai’s local trains on Sunday on the Western and Central lines, reports HT Correspondent.

mumbai Updated: Nov 29, 2009 02:12 IST
HT Correspondent

Try and avoid commuting on Mumbai’s local trains on Sunday on the Western and Central lines.

Both Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) have scheduled major maintenance work, which will cause mega blocks and cancellation of trains.

Train services will be affected from 8 am to 5.30 pm on the CR line as four local services between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)-Kalyan and Khopoli will be cancelled. On the WR line, maintenance work is scheduled from 10.35 am to 3.35 pm between Marine Lines and Mahim.

Work is also underway to lay a new line and platform called 6A by February 15 at Borivli, which will lead to cancellation of some trains and rescheduling of timings.

CR is also planning to move a large girder of a foot over-bridge at Karjat, which will block services till Karjat, and on the Karjat-Panvel line.

This is being done to assist the conversion of the line from Direct Current to Alternate Current.

“We will divert outstation trains, while local trains will start and end much before Karjat,” said S Mudgerikar , chief public relations officer (PRO), CR.

Eight locals will be cancelled between Karjat and Khopoli, and selected local trains leaving CST will start and end at Neral, Ambarnath and Badlapur. WR is closing one track on platform 6, and rescheduling its timetable for 9-coach trains.

On Saturday, workers were busy extending platform 6 on Borivli (East), and finishing work on a new subway to open in December.

As of now, only one train starting from Borivli stands cancelled — more cancellations are expected on Sunday.

Slow trains will run on the fast corridor between Marine Lines and Mahim due to the proposed work.

Several services will now start and end at Andheri, Goregaon, Malad, Bhayander and Vasai Road.

“The new line will help introduce more Borivli-Virar local services,” said S Gupta, chief PRO, WR.