Your travel on western line is set to become faster and smoother with the 26 new trains added to its fleet.
The Western Railway has now started giving its old trains to the Central Railway to run on harbour and trans-harbour line. The move will improve the CR services. It will also ensure completion of power upgradation to 25,000 volts on harbour and trans-harbour line within its deadline of March-end and plying of 12-coach trains on harbour line.
The city’s suburban network will get 72 new trains under the second phase of World Bank-funded Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP-II). As per railway board directive, WR will get 50 trains in the first lot. It has already received 26.
Sources said that four more trains are expected this month.
Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory of the Indian Railways is manufacturing the swanky purple-white trains for Mumbai. Fitted with electrical system supplied by Bombardier Transportation, the trains are popularly known as Bombardier locals.
According to Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) sources, ICF has dispatched 28 locals from Chennai and 26 have already been added in WR’s fleet.
“Two rakes could be in transit as it takes at least a week for a train to reach the city,” said a WR official.
Ravinder Bhakar, chief public relations officer of WR, said they dispatch old MUTP-I trains, also known as Siemens local, to CR as soon as they receive new ones in their fleet.