Mumbai: The Central Railway is scheduled to hold a mega block in Mumbai on Sunday (March 17) for maintaining the rail tracks. The maintenance work will be undertaken since the damaged rail track may disrupt trains on the Central and Harbour lines.
In a statement, the Central Railway informed the commuters that slow line services leaving Matunga from 11.25 AM to 3.21 PM will be diverted on the fast line between Matunga and Mulund stations, halting at Sion, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations and further be re-diverted to slow line proper at Mulund station.
Down slow line services will not be available at Vidyavihar, Kanjur Marg and Nahur Stations. Therefore, passengers can travel through Ghatkopar, Bhandup and Mulund stations, added the Railways. “Up fast/semi-fast services leaving Kalyan from 10.54 AM to 3.06 PM will halt at Diva, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule,” added the statement.
Down fast or semi-fast services leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus from 10.48 AM to 3.40 PM will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Mulund and Diva stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and arrive destination 20 minutes behind schedule. All Down and Up slow services leaving or arriving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus between 11.00 AM and 5.00 PM will arrive destination 10 minutes behind schedule.
Meanwhile, all Down Harbour line services departing from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai to Vashi / Belapur / Panvel from 10.34 AM to 3.08 PM and all Up harbour line services departing from Panvel / Belapur / Vashi towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus from 10.21 AM to 3.00 PM will remain cancelled. However, special services will be available during the block period on Panvel-Vashi and Kurla-Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus sections. Harbour line passengers are permitted to travel via mainline and Transharbour line from 10 AM to 4.30 PM.
Due to the maintenance of the rail tracks, which is essential for the infrastructure upkeep and safety, the suburban trains will be more crowded than usual. Therefore, the Central Railways requested the passengers to be a little cautious while travelling.
(With agency inputs)