Mumbai Mega Block Latest News: In what could spell more trouble for Mumbaikars, the Western Railway (WR) has decided to carry out an 11-hour rail block, one of the longest in recent years, from 10 pm on February 2 to 9 am on February 3 for demolition of Delisle Road bridge. Since August 20, 2018, the WR has gradually been dismantling the bridge. It was shut for vehicular traffic in July 2018. Notably, the Central as well as Western Railway conduct Mumbai Mega Block on most of the weekends for the maintenance and other related works of rail tracks.
Following the mega block, local train services between Churchgate and Lower Parel will be completely stopped. Reports claimed that over 200 services will remain cancelled. During this 11-hour block, the slow local train service will run up to Bandra and fast local services will run up to Dadar and the long distance trains arriving at Mumbai will be terminated at Dadar. (Also Read: Mumbai: Six Special BEST Buses to Run From Today Due to 11-Hour Mega Block)
On February 2, last fast local will leave at 9:44 PM from Churchgate for Virar and last slow local will depart at 9.39 PM from Churchgate for Borivali.
Ravinder Bhakar, chief public relations officer of Western Railway, while speaking to a leading daily said,”We are going to use four road cranes of 250 MT or higher capacity, a road crane of 100 MT capacity, two road hydra-cranes of 17 MT capacity, 20 gas-cutters with required consumables like gas cylinders, cutting nozzles, five tower wagons and around 150 workers.”
Meanwhile, during the block period BEST buses will ply between Churchgate and Dadar stations. It will reportedly cover all the stations including Marine Lines, Charni Road, Grant Road, Mumbai Central, Mahalaxmi, Lower Parel and Prabhadevi.