Smoother WR commute from september 15
The Western Railway (WR) would charge the power cables supplying electricity on the pending Churchgate-Borivli stretch from 1500-volt Direct Current (DC) to 25000-volt Alternating Current (AC).mumbai Updated: Sep 05, 2011 01:29 IST
From September 15, you can expect a smooth and quick commute on the Churchgate-Virar stretch of the Western Railway (WR).
For, from September 15, the WR would charge the power cables supplying electricity on the pending Churchgate-Borivli stretch from 1500-volt Direct Current (DC) to 25000-volt Alternating Current (AC).
The authorities have put up notices intimating the public about the change so that they could avoid travelling on the rooftop or leaning from the foot overbridge.
"With the upgradation, the punctuality of trains would improve," said a WR official.
The Borivli-Virar stretch has already been energised to 25000-volt AC. The upgradation along the 60-km stretch would enable trains to increase speeds, reduce load on electricity consumed by trains and assist in starting additional services in the future.
The new trains on the fast corridor could then easily touch 100kmph.
Presently, the authorities are in the last stage of energising the suburban section along the stretch and removing the lightning arresters fitted on the poles.
The arresters are placed on the 1500-volt DC to avoid lightning from striking the overhead equipment, wires or train. After the conversion to 25000-volt AC, there is no need for a separate pole for lightning arresters.
S Chandrayan, chief PRO, WR, said: "Around 1,500 lightning arresters have to be removed. Once it is done, we can charge the lines to 25000-volt AC completely."
Though the Andheri-Mahim harbour line stretch falls under the WR, the train operations will be handled by the Central Railway (CR), as it needs trains to run on DC/AC sections.