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Life on Mumbai local: Crushed in crowd, commuters’ struggle inspires songs, stand-up comedies, t-shirt graffiti, memes

A skit on travelling on the Mumbai locals performed by humourist and doctor Tushar Shah talks about how the trains unite people of all religions and acknowledges the role played by it in helping people earn their living

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Mumbai locals: The four others who died on tracks on the day of stampede

Of the nearly 75 lakh commuters who take the trains in Mumbai every day, between eight to ten do not make it home.

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Track maintenance work near Mumbai’s Monkey Hill hits services 

Track maintenance work was being carried out near Monkey Hill station on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of six trains. Two local trains were diverted.

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Mumbai: Inquiry ordered into derailment of coaches of suburban local

Officials said a total amount of Rs 50,000 as ex-gratia has been disbursed to the injured. While Rs 25,000 has been given to one of the victims who is grievously injured, Rs 5,000 each has been disbursed to five female passengers who suffered minor injuries.

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Of the women, for the women: RPF’s Mahila Vahini for Mumbai locals

Patrolling the women compartments of local trains and maintaining law and order form some of their tasks. In their eight-hour day shift, attending to woman commuters’ grievances is accorded top priority by the officers.

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Iftar on the go at Mumbra railway station

For more than 15-20 years, three men at Mumbra station have been distributing dates to people around 6.45 pm during Ramzan, while also arranging free of cost bus ferry ride home. If commuters reach the railway station around 7.15 or later, they also get cold Rooh Afza, water and fruits to end their fast.

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The small text on railway signboards is of big use

The height information helped railway officials build stations in a way to prevent their flooding during monsoon or high tide

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Mumbai local’s first AC rake could be rolled out by September

The railways will procure nine more such rakes from the board after one has been put to use. Officials said the other rakes will run on either the Central Railway (CR) or the WR, depending on the need.

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Life on the local: Now showing, at a compartment near you!

This is the category of the commuters which prefers the games on mobiles phones to movies. Then there are those humming to the music playing on their mobiles.

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Life on the local: For them, it’s all about evading cops, catching busy trains

They survive mostly on a vada pav or misal pav during the day, taking a break around 3 pm.

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Life on the local: The life and times of train(ed) pickpockets

There are categories, specialisations and division of labour in this class of pickpockets, explains a Government Railway Police (GRP) officer.

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14-year-old boy run over by train, locals block CR tracks in Mumbai

With Hancock bridge razed, they are forced to cross tracks, say protesters

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Life on the local: The local dog squad that can smell bombs

On most occasions, people, like the one in the CST train, are scared whenever we take the sniffer dogs along, says RPF Assistant Sub Inspector Ravinder Singh.

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Life on the local: Teen Patti on the go, all game

While cops say there are complaints against the ‘card clubs’, players disagree.

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Life on the local: On the last slow local, a nightly celebration

At the heart of the party are the compartment’s regulars, work-weary Mumbaikars who expend the day’s final energies singing Bollywood numbers.