Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Maharashtra flagged off additional suburban services on Harbour and Transharbour line during a function at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai on 26.1.2018. These additional 26 services will run from 31.01.2018 as per timetable as committed earlier by Hon’ble Minister of Railways and Coal Shri Piyush Goyal.
Hon’ble Chief Minister also flagged off and re-introduced Neral-Matheran services, inaugurated/dedicated various passenger amenities over Central and Western Railway by unveiling the plaques electronically by pressing the remote button. Shri Vinod Tawade, Hon’ble Minister for School Education, Sports & Youth Welfare and others, Maharashtra and Guardian Minister of Mumbai Suburban District, Dr. Kirit Somaiya Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Shri D.K. Sharma, General Manager, Central Railway, Shri A.K. Gupta, General Manager, Western Railway, Shri R.S. Khurana, Chairman and Managing Director, Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation, Shri S.K. Jain, Divisional Railway Manager, Central Railway, Shri Mukul Jain, Divisional Railway Manager, Western Railway and others were present on the occasion.
Shri D.K. Sharma, General Manager, Central Railway welcomed the dignitaries and informed the gathering about the various passenger amenities to be inaugurated on Central Railway.
Sh Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble CM of Maharashtra said he was glad that various passenger amenities for Mumbai and suburbs are inaugurated and dedicated on the occasion of Republic Day and assured that State Government will extend full cooperation for development of railway stations & other infrastructural works in Maharashtra. He also spoke at length about CSMT – Panvel elevated harbour corridor and similar corridor on Western Railway.
Shri S.K. Jain, Divisional Railway Manager, Mumbai Division, Central Railway gave vote of thanks.
Background of passenger amenities inaugurated/dedicated on Central Railway
1) Introduction of 26 additional suburban services on Central Railway
26 additional suburban services i.e. 10 on Harbour line and 16 on Transharbour line with effect from 31.1.2018.
Total daily services on Harbour line will increase from 604 to 614.
Total daily services on Transharbour line will increase from 246 to 262.
Total daily suburban services on Mumbai division will increase from 1706 to 1732.
2) Re-introduction of train services between Neral and Matheran
Two services will run daily from 26.1.2018 with improved safety features like dual braking system provided in Loco as well as in coaches, Microprocessor based Engine Control System, Vigilant Control Device to monitor alertness of Loco Pilot and Speed Control unit to avoid over speeding of locos. There will be 5 pairs of shuttle services between Aman Lodge and Matheran from 27.1.2018.
3) 6 Meter wide new Foot Over Bridge at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Thane, Neral and Tilak Nagar.
Provision of 6m wide Foot Over Bridge at Mumbai- end of LTT with 3 staircases connecting all 5 platforms. Length – 44m Spans – Two at LTT at cost of Rs. 4 crore. This FOB has been made in record time of just over two months.
Provision of 6m wide Foot Over Bridge at Kalyan-end, connecting platforms 2 to 9 with 4 staircases (all at Kalyan-end) with 3 lifts.
Length – 95m Spans – 4 at Thane at cost of Rs. 5 crore.
Provision of 6m wide Foot Over Bridge at Mumbai-end in lieu of existing Foot Over Bridge with 2 staircases and connecting both platforms. Length – 24m staircase at Neral at cost of Rs. 1.9 crore.
Provision of 6m wide Foot Over Bridge at Mumbai-end of Tilak Nagar station connecting both platforms. Length – 22m Span – Single at Tilak Nagar at cost of Rs. 2.5 croreThis FOB has been made within 3 months.
4) Foot Over Bridge (additional landing) at Vidyavihar
Provision of one landing on existing Foot Over Bridge at Mumbai-end at Vidyavihar at a cost of Rs.0.40 crore.
5) Two Escalators at Thane and Dadar
The escalator at Dadar and Thane has been provided so that passengers can purchase ticket / passes and avail the facility of escalator for going to platform no. 1 / 2 and 3. This escalator has capacity to carry 9000 passengers per hour and cost is Rs. 77 lacs. This facility will greatly help sr. citizen, Divyangjan, and pregnant ladies. The escalators are for both up and down direction for the first time on Central Railway.
6) Lifts at Dadar, Mankhurd, Reay Road
For easy transit of passengers from platform, passenger lift has been provided on platform no.1 at Reay Road station (Vashi-end). This will help easy access to platform no.2. Lift can carry up to 15 passengers and can bear load up to 1020 kg. Approximate cost is Rs.25 lakh. Lift has automatic door closer, automatic rescue device and braille script on lift buttons for the convenience of visually impaired persons.
7) Emergency Medical Room at Govandi and Titwala
Emergency Medical Room, commissioned on PPP model, will provide immediate help to passengers getting hurt or injured during journey. It will also help passengers in saving time in getting normal medical help on nominal payment basis. Its on West side near Booking Office concourse at Govandi built at a cost of Rs. 14.35 Lakh and is on West side concourse near Booking Office built at a cost of Rs.14.57 lakh at Titwala.
8) New Booking Office at King’s Circle.
A booking office has been provided at King’s Circle Station on Foot Over Bridge (Bandra-end) at a cost of Rs.18 lakh for the convenience of commuters coming from that end of the station.
9) 100% LED Lighting at 52 stations on Central Railway.
Provision of 100% LED lighting at 52 stations over Mumbai Division have been provided at cost of Rs. 3 crore. Remaining suburban stations will be provided with 100% LED lighting on Mumbai Suburban section by March 2018. This has enable in better illumination at stations and large amount of savings in energy consumption.
10) Wi-Fi services at Vadala Road and Badlapur.
For the convenience of passengers and as a step towards Digital India, high speed Wi-Fi facility has been provided at Vadala Road & Badlapur stations. Passengers can access internet sites, check Railway related information and also entertain themselves while waiting for train in station premises.