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Mumbai suburban trains cancelled

Commuters will face similar problems on Sunday, as the work would continue till early Monday morning.

india Updated: May 20, 2006 21:27 IST

Tens of thousands of suburban train commuters were left fuming as work began on the quadrupling of a section of the railway track in this metropolis on Saturday.

The extension work at the Borivali yard in western Mumbai, which started on Friday night, caused major hardships to the people as trains were either cancelled or were running late by 10 to 20 minutes.

Commuters will face similar problems on Sunday, as the work would continue till early Monday morning.

The Western Railway has introduced a mega block to facilitate the work of quadrupling of tracks between the Borivali and Vasai Road stations.

"We have informed the public through various publications and most cellular phone networks about the problem," Western Railways chief public relations officer Pranay Prabhakar said.

"In any case, we have chosen the weekend so that a minimum number of people are affected," Prabhakar said.

"As work is going on only at the Borivali station, only the Borivali-Virar stretch of 27 km is affected. Even on this stretch 62 per cent of the services are on schedule today (Saturday)," Prabhakar clarified.

Considered a lifeline of Mumbai along with the suburban service of the Central Railways and the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Company buses, the 120-km stretch of the Western Railway line carries some three million passengers a day.

There are 1,030 trains every day and each train carries around 4,000 people at peak hours.

The BEST, meanwhile, has come to the commuters' rescue and was to run 300 extra buses during the weekend.

Though the work was taken up in the weekend, about 27,000 students who will appear for the state's Common Entrance Test (CET) for engineering and medical courses at 70 centres here Sunday are going to be affected.

On Sunday, 92 Borivali-bound trains will be reversed at Goregaon and another 20 at Andheri. But once the work ends on Sunday, commuters can expect quicker running of trains and more trains in the Andheri-Virar stretch.