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Your monsoon trip to Matheran to soon get more comfortable

From next week, visiting Matheran during the monsoon is all set to get easy.

mumbai Updated: Jul 09, 2012 01:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

From next week, visiting Matheran during the monsoon is all set to get easy.

For, the famous hill station, located about 100km from Mumbai, will get a special shuttle train between Aman Lodge station at Dasturi Naka and Matheran railway station. No train has plied on this route during the monsoon in the last 10 years.

The Central Railway (CR) will have four services daily in the beginning, and it might be increased to seven depending on the demand. “We have tentatively planned to introduce new services from next Saturday, subject to clearance from the commissioner of railway safety,” said Subodh Jain, general manager of CR.

Ajay Sawant, president, Matheran-Giristhan Municipal Council, said: “For the last 10 years, Matheran residents have been demanding a shuttle service between the two stations during the monsoon.”

Though one can travel by road upto Dasturi, the restriction on the entry of vehicles during the monsoon forces visitors to cross the 2km stretch between the two stations either on foot or on horsebacks.

Apart from being unsafe, locals have to shell out a lot of money for transportation of basic necessities such as gas cylinders along the stretch. The lack of connectivity forces school and college students to miss out on their lessons during the monsoon.

Jain, along with the divisional manager of CR, Rahul Jain, inspected the Neral-Matheran railway line and carried out a speed test on the route on Saturday.

Vidyadhar Malegaonkar, chief PRO, CR, said: “The visit was a part of the annual internal inspection. The officials interacted with the locals and sought their feedback on the services and their problems.”

The CR plans to reduce the journey time and increase the number of coaches. “The services from Neral to Matheran are suspended from July to October owing to the rains. We plan to reduce the period from four months to two-and-a-half months. This could be implemented from next year,” said Jain.

Inputs by Kiran Sonawane

First Published: Jul 09, 2012 00:49 IST