Mumbai Local Train Mega Block on 10th July, 2016



DN Slow and Semi-Fast services leaving Mulund from 11.15 am to 3.23 pm will be diverted on DN fast line between Mulund and Kalyan stations halting at Thane and Dombivali stations and will arrive at their destination 10 minutes behind the schedule.

DN Slow Locals will not halt at Kalva, Mumbra, Diva, Kopar and Thakurli. Passengers of these stations are permitted to travel via Kalyan and Dombivali stations.

Dn Fast services leaving CST Mumbai from 10.20 am to 2.42 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive at their destination 10 minutes behind schedule.

Up Fast Line services leaving Thane stations from 11.22 am to 3.28 pm will halt at Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive at their destinations 15 minutes behind schedule.

All DN and UP Slow locals leaving/arriving CST from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm will arrive at their destination 10 minutes behind schedule.




DN Harbour Line services to Vashi/Belapur/Panvel leaving CST Mumbai from 11.21 am to 03.45 pm and UP Harbour line services for CST Mumbai leaving Panvel/Belapur/Vashi from 09.52 am to 02.32 pm will remain suspended.

All DN Harbour Line services to Bandra/Andheri leaving CST Mumbai from 10.48 am to 03.49 pm and UP Harbour line services for CST Mumbai leaving Bandra/Andheri from 10.44 am to 03.16 pm will remain suspended.

However, special services will be run between Panvel and Kurla (Platform No.8) during the block period. Harbour line passengers are permitted to travel via Main Line and Western Railway from 10.00 am to 06.00 pm. 




Western Railway announced that a Jumbo block will be taken from 10.35 hrs to 15.35 hrs on Up and Dn Local lines (i.e. slow lines) on Sunday, 10th July, 2016 between Churchgate and Mumbai Central local stations for maintenance of track, signaling and overhead equipments.

During the block all Up and Dn slow line trains will run on Up and Dn Through line (i.e. fast line) between Churchgate and Mumbai Central local stations.



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Borivali most busy on Western line

Even though 2.87 lakh passengers travel from the station daily, it lacks amenities

Contrary to popular perception that stations such as Mumbai Central or Churchgate would be the busiest on the Western line, information obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act reveals that Borivali station is the most crowded with around 2.87 lakh passengers travelling from there daily.


In a clear indication that city’s population is migrating more towards north and even the job centres have shifted, the data explain that the number of passengers at Dadar station are even less than those at Goregaon or Malad or at Kandivli.

RTI activist Anil Galgali had sought information about the number of daily passengers from each of the 36 stations on the western line. With 84 rakes and 1,305 trips, the Western Railway carries around 35.08 lakh passengers every day. One train carries approximately 2,689 passengers.

Mr. Galgali said compared to the number of passengers travelling every day on the western line, the number of trains was very less. “There is a need to increase it immediately to solve this problem. It will also reduce the chances of accidents,” he said.

The Pravas Adhikar Andolan Samiti (PAAS), a mass movement working to increase amenities for train travellers, said the numbers proved that it was high time to fulfil a number of pending projects and increase amenities.

“Apart from increasing the number of trains, several measures such as stopping Bandra trains and taking them till Borivali must be taken. The number of Virar-bound trains should be increased,” said Shailendra Kamble, convener of PAAS.

The number of passengers descending on Borivali is much higher compared to other stations as a large number of commuters from adjoining stations come here to catch a train as it is impossible to board a local train from stations such as Dahisar, Kandivali or Malad. Renovation work currently under way at the station is only adding to the woes of passengers.

Mr. Kamble said considering the growing number of passengers, pending projects such as elevated railway should be speeded up.

“Elevated railway must start from Andheri to Virar, instead of Churchgate. It is because the real hardship starts after Andheri and people travelling further need more comfort,” he said.

This article was originally published in The Hindu

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From Delhi’s belly to Mumbai’s stinking rear-end

When a Delhi girl took the Mumbai Local

You get used to it after sometime, traveling through the rotting muck of this city – the excreta laden tracks surrounded by the feculent slums. There is a very pre-independence type of a feel in traveling by the Mumbai local – step off the trembling shambles of the Dadar local into the posh brick streets of Colaba – it almost appears as if you have time traveled.

Not that I don’t own a car, but hello have you seen the insane traffic in this city or in any other city for that matter – Delhi, Bangalore, Pune? It seems like a grand waste of time and money playing the traffic game every morning and evening in our metros.

Ergo I choose public commute.

Now, I had been having the time of my life in Delhi for the past six years. The metro though maddeningly crowded during peak hours, had made the ordeal of meeting far-cast-away friends a joy ride. During those one hour plus journeys in well maintained air conditioned public spaces I could read a book, talk to a stranger, doze off with my Dior glasses on or just let my stream of consciousness take over while gazing at the wonderful panorama of Delhi.


Then I shifted to Bombay.


Don’t let my drama mislead you. It wasn’t that bad. I have lived in six different cities and eleven towns and never have I taken to a city as easily as I did to Bombay. The air was clean, the people polite, there were the tall, the really tall buildings, there were my friends and then of course the sea. Love the sea.

But then on a weekend when my friends called me to chill in Colaba, I took the fastest public transit route I could – the local.

< Right moment for a dramatic release >

Deep sigh.

What is with the decaying state of the railway stations? Why are they so dirty? I bought the tickets, but no one checked them, you see where I am going with the larger implications of this, don’t you?


With the smartcard swipe entry memory quite raw in my being I proceeded to the platforms. Now, I was traveling from the newer part of Bombay and it was around six in the morning so the platforms were largely empty. There was a very 80’s Bollywood feel to the early morning railway station platform.

Then my local arrived and I stepped in the ladies compartment.

The horror.


I realized then how much I had taken for granted the urban life of Delhi. I shall not dwell on the well turned out Delhi metro crowd, no. But it hurts to move through the so called life-line of Bombay aware that I am prodding through a city’s soiled intestines.


I am also not going to talk about the people who live in the slums by the tracks or about the pervert creatures lurking in the forgotten pockets of these overcrowded terminals. No. Neither am I going to talk about the people who take the local every day. No.

Bombay is a city of survivors. It has survived the riots, the innumerable blasts and also that fateful week of November. It has chosen to move on, to live, to breathe, to thrive.

And I see it now, how you do this survival thing – you become numb to the gut-churning foul grub around you.

What choice do you have any way?

The images used in the article are from Delhi view – The HinduMumbai Local from here and Slum Local Bombay from Railnews. The PeopleandCafes and the ladies compartment pictures are my own.

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2 Holi Festival Specials between Chhaterpati Shivaji Terminus and Madgaon

Railways will run 2 Holi festival special trains between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Madgaon to clear the extra rush of passengers. The details are as under: –

00111 Special Train will leave Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 11.05 hrs o­n 09.03.2015 and reach Madgaon at 23.30 hrs same day.

00112 special train will leave Madgaon at 16.00 hrs o­n 08.03.2015 and arrive Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 06.15 hrs o­n next day.

Halts:- Dadar, Thane, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Khed, Chiplun, Sangmeshwar, Ratnagiri, Vilavade, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Sawantwadi, Thivim and Karmali.

Composition:- Two AC-3 tier, 3 Sleeper Class, 4 Second Class Seating, 2 General Second Class  and 2 General Second Class cum guard’s brake vans

Reservation:  Bookings will open o­n 06.03.2015.