‘Slow’ start for CR’s new timetable

  • Prajakta Chavan Rane, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2014 00:08 IST

Central Railway (CR) suburban commuters had a rocky start to their work week on Monday, as train services continued to be late after the implementation of the revised timetable last week.

Commuters complained about delay in services by about 10 minutes. They were also inconvenienced by the absence of the new timetable at railway stalls.

Commuters from Kalyan, Kasara and Karjat complained about 10-minute delays in the train services during peak hours, and said no new services had been added to the schedule.

“No new services have been added in the revised timetable. The railways has only extended a few trains, but that has given little relief.

If the railways want to make a real difference to the suburban commuting experience, they should add new services, especially beyond Thane,” said Lata Argade, a commuter activist.

Other commuters complained that the frequency of trains to far-off destinations like Kasara and Karjat have been reduced during non-peak hours, in the new timetable.

“Earlier, we had one Kasara-bound local leaving Thane at 3.30pm, but in the revised timetable, it was rescheduled to 4.23pm. Also, it will leave from CST instead of Thane, which means it will be extremely crowded,” said Rajendra Shirke, Kalyan resident.

The absence of printed versions of the timetable or digital versions on the popular application m-Indicator also irked commuters.

“The commuters are finding it difficult to plan their commute because there are no timetables. The railways had enough time to update the timetable on m-Indicator,” said Jitendra Vishe, a commuter activist. Sachin Teke, founder of the application, said, “The timetable will be updated by Tuesday.”

Narendra Patil, chief public relations officer, CR, said no trains had been delayed because of the revised timetable. “The trains on the fast corridor were on time. The slow trains were marginally late because the level crossing gate at Ambivli remained open for eight additional minutes to allow vehicular traffic. This occurred at 5.30am, but it had a cascading effect.”

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