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Major traffic & power block to affect the movement of local trains in Mumbai on Sunday

The Mumbai local train railway network will be hampered due to heavy traffic, in view of the launch of girders at MCGM foot-over-bridge near Mahim station and a consequent power block from 01:10 hrs to 4:45 hrs on March 7. As per reports, this will affect all three suburban lines, including Western Railways, the Central (main) Railways and the Harbour lines. While some Western line services will be regulated, other local trains will remain cancelled on Sunday. Check the list here:

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Indian Railways initiates first-of-its-kind Tetra-based MTRS for Mumbai local trains

The Indian Railways has commissioned an all-new Tetra-based mobile train radio communication system for local train services, plying from Churchgate to Virar, under the council of Western Railway. A first-of-its-kind technology, it will primarily focus on increasing safety and minimising delays by employing effective coordination. Launched on March 1, 2021, this Tetra-based MTRS has been installed in 200 cabs of 100 local rakes till now.

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Platform ticket rates raised to ₹50 at key stations in Mumbai Metropolitan Region

Mumbai's Central Railway Authority has raised the cost of platform tickets to ₹50, in a bid to avoid overcrowding in the premises. The change will be applicable only at the key stations of the suburban train network, that witness heavy footfalls daily. As per reports, the heightened prices have been in effect since February 24 in view of the unprecedented spike in cases, soon after the resumption of local train services for all. The prices shall remain in force until June 15, this year.

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BMC to deploy marshals at various railway stations across Mumbai to implement COVID-19 norms

The Mumbai suburban train system commenced its services from the 1st of February with restricted timings for all commuters, after almost a halt of 11 months due to the pandemic. With the city resuming its pre-COVID lifestyle, the local trains have been reporting as many as 3.7 million commuters per day. Parallelly, COVID-19 cases have been on a sharp rise in the city and owing to it, the

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Western Railway to install Black Box in local trains to improve audio-video communication

Local trains on the Western Line in Mumbai will receive image-video, audio recording systems and microphones, similar to black box-like software which will integrate services to the main control room. The system will operate on a tera-based radio signal, boosting real-time communication with motormen and passengers, circumventing the otherwise dominant erratic network issues. Besides iron-cladding the commuter safety, in case of emergencies, it will help to strengthen the co-ordination of the suburban railway network.

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