Railway authorities aim to re-start all suburban train services in a gradual-graded format
On Sunday, Mumbai's Central Railways in Mumbai decided to add around 500 trains to the operations already running on the Central Line. With the current service count at 1410 across the city, the Western Zonal authorities too have decided to introduce about 110 new operations to meet with the rising demands of the unlocking Mumbai.
New trains on Mumbai's Central Line
Aiming to restore the local frequency to its initial count before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Central Railways has decided to revive the operations of local trains to a massive 88% of its original count. Before the pandemic and the consequent lockdown, around 1774 services were operated by CR.
With the new increase, the CR will now authenticate the journey of 1550 units. After the resumption of the Seawoods-Kharkopar suburban route, the railway officials have stated that they are planning to resume all operations sequentially; after the re-start of services on Belapur-Goregaon route, services might resume on Seawoods and Kharkopar soon.
The Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaja Terminus currently flags trains on the Karjat/Kasara and Panvel Route (Harbour Line), however, an official has also indicated at the resumption of services on Belapur-Goregaon route too. He also highlighted the readiness of the crew and rack that were preparing to take over 1550 services on tracks Monday onwards. The staff awaits the final nod from authorities, post which the operations will be green flagged on Monday or Tuesday.
Western Railways, on the other hand, is currently operational with around 1000 trains which has been pipelined to surge by 200 by the end of this week. If all goes well, Mumbai will soon run on its 'locals', of course with care and precautions!