The Central Railway has finally announced the running of 12-coach trains between Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Panvel stations on its Harbour line from Saturday.
With the inclusion of 12-coach trains on the Harbour line, the CR’s passenger intake capacity has increased by 33 per cent. The 12-coach trains will simultaneously run with other train services on the line and see no significant changes in the timings. This is part of a Rs 714-crore project under the second phase of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project to improve the services on the Harbour line. Twelve trips have been planned for the first day. The first train will start for Wadala from Vashi at 6 am.
Panvel-Wadala and Vashi-CST services have been planned during the morning peak time and a Panvel-CST train will be run to manage the evening crowd.
Explaining why the project took so much time to complete, DRM Amitabh Ojha said, “We wanted to clear the infrastructure obstacles, which was deterring us from starting the service. The service is now being run in the working hours to check its efficiency of use for the commuters.”