MUMBAI LOCAL TRAINS NEWS UPDATES
Mumbai Local Trains News updates including developments, extension , Suburban fare hike , new changes in the platforms and trains, etc. Following are the details.
URAN CORRIDOR PROJECT : FOUR DAYS BLOCK
Central Railway will operate 4 days block from 22.12.2017 to 25.12.2017. Following are the details.
- Services : Panvel – Belapur, Nerul – CST, CST – Vashi, CST – Mankhurd to be irregular
- Mega block : No Nerul – Panvel services till 3 pm on Harbour, Trans – Harbour lines. Panvel – Kharghar, Nerul – CST irregular
- 100 special trains to be run on all 4 days
- Reason : Yard remodelling at Belapur station for a new rail corridor (Nerul and Belapur to Uran)
- Commuters from Uran will change train at Seawoods – Darave for CST or Thane
- For Panvel, they need to change at Belapur
- There’s a Y Junction behind the new NMMC Headquarter for the two connects.
- Harbour line at Vashi bifurcates for CST and Thane (trans – harbour line)
- Harbour line connectivity from CST will get increased by 16 km in the first phase. After project completion, the increase will be by 27km for a run till Uran.
- Cidco is engaged in construction of three new railway stations on the corridor : Targhar, Bamandongri and Kharkopar. Being developed for Rs/-230 crore, they will be sky stations.
- Route Connections : Existing Harbour line between Seawoods and Belapur will be cut and connected to the new line. Existing line will be realigned to connect to platform number 4.
- Deadline : March,2018.
Central Railway announced 4 days Traffic Block up to 25.12.2017 : Belapur – Seawoods – Uran : 4 Days Traffic Block
CASHLESS MUMBAI RAILWAY STATIONS
Fifteen Railway Stations in Central Railway goes cashless as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ campaign. Railway Stations in Mumbai are the most crowded place in the city, so implementing POS (Point of Sale) machines at Railway station is the best method to promote digital India campaign.
Railway implement this in various stations in Mumbai including Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Kurla, and Thane, Pune, Miraj, Kolhapur, Solapur, Khopargaon, Shirdi, Bhusawal, Amravati, Nashik Road, Nagpur, Balharshah, Wardha on Central Railway. Passengers can make payment through their ATM cards at Passenger Reservation System counter, UTS counter, Luggage counter, Parcel counter, Goods Shed counter, Catering Department store etc at this stations.
The Ministry of Railways, after announcing the continuation of 0.5 percent discount on digital payment of tickets, has now asked food and book stall vendors at railway stations to equip themselves with digital payment wallet Paytm, a famous Newspaper reported.
Vendors at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Kurla, and Thane on the Central Railway and Churchgate, Borivali, Mahalaxmi and Elphinstone stations on the Western Railway, have been asked to provide Paytm facilities at their stalls. Currently a pilot project, it will later implemented at all stations at Central and Western Railway.
Railway is installing the POS machine in Railway Station with the corporation of SBI. Railway is also planning to implement digital payment method in ten thousand stations across India.
HARBOUR LINE EXTENSION DETAILS : MUMBAI LOCAL
Services on the much – delayed Harbour Line extension may start from November. Andheri – Goegaon trial runs on track
Commuters, who have been waiting for the much delayed Andheri – Goregaon extension of Harbour line, can finally hope that it would be operational by November as a trial run as successfully held on Saturday, a famous News Paper reported. The trial run conducted by officials of the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) between Andheri and Goregaon was successful, and all the technical issues were cleared.The Andheri – Goregaon extension on Harbour Line is a part of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) II. Around five to seven lakh commuters will benefit from the extension daily, and it will also help to decongest other stations such Andheri and Vile Parle that have recorded one of the highest footfall on the Western Railway. The trail was conducted by running an engine between the Harbour Line’s Andheri and Goregaon section as the final technical parameters were completed. The engine ran without any glitch, and one of the major doubts of the alignment of the railway tracks was finally resolved. An MRVC official said. “The trial is important as the ground on which the tracks have been laid must be in exact accordance with what the state and railways have agreed upon.”He also said,”This section has to be integrated with the already existing Western Railway’s lines. It is a historic accomplishment as it was completed in a spaces craved city like Mumbai”.The trail was conducted in the presence of officials from three railway bodies – CR, WR and MVRC. The success of the project was met with unbridled jubilation. An impromptu bhoomipoojan was also held.The MRVC’s Chief Managing Director said “We conducted a trial of the line on Saturday evening, and after it’s success, we are confident that the services on this section will be operationally by November end.” The line will be now inspected by the commissioner of Railway Safety, who will examine whether it is adhering to all the parameters set by the Indian Railways. We have given ourselves enough cushion time by conducting the tail now, so after the CRS inspection the line will be operational in November.”The MRVC is the executing body of all MUTP projects approved by the Indian Railway.
- Extension of the Harbour Line to Goregoan is a part of the MUTP II.
- It was to be operationally by 2014.
- Land acquisition caused delay.
- New deadline is November 2017.
- 5 Lakh commuters use CST – Andheri every day.
- There are 91 services on CST – Andheri line daily.
- The CSt – Andheri, Panvel – Andheri services are run in co-ordination with CR and WR.
FIRST AC LOCAL TRAIN : FARE STRUCTURE
AC locals’s maiden trip to start from Andheri. 2.10 pm local to run to Churchgate on December 25th.
Indian Railway announced that the first ride of AC local train is set to start on Monday, i.e 25th December. The railway board has announced the fare structure for the train, with the ticket price being 1.2 times the fare of a first class ticket for the first six months. Late the fare will be increase to 1.3 times the fare of the first class ticket. The fare will include 5 % GST and calculation of other charges, including the Mumbai Urban Transport Plan (MUTP) Charges, is still underway. The finalisation of the fare structure might take some more time. The railway board approved the current fare structure on Friday night. The singular train won’t run during weekends as was expected earlier. The train will be stationed at Mumbai Central from 10.30 am to 01.00 pm, the official said. The train is all set to run for its maiden service from Andheri to Churchgate at 02.10 pm.
- 12 Services will run every Weekday.
- 8 Services will run as fast locals between Churchgate and Virar stopping at Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Bhayander and Vasai.
- 3 Services will run between Churchgate and Borivali and will be connected to a slow train between Mahalaxmi and Borivali station
- The 1st and 12th coach from Churchgate end are earmarked as ladies coaches.
- 7 seats in the second and eleventh coach will be earmarked for senior citizens.
- 10 seats in forth and seventh coaches have been earmarked for Divyangs.
FIRST AC LOCAL FOR MUMBAI FROM SEPTEMBER 2017
Mumbaikars are likely to get a chance to travel by an AC local train on Western Railway in September. The AC local, which arrived on April 2016 is undergoing trials on Western Railway since the past one week, a famous Newspaper reported.Railway Board member Ravindra Gupta said”We plan to introduce the take in service in September. Thereafter, nice rakes will be manufactured for introduction on WR and CR.”The railway not yet finalized the fares, and the this is a special product so the fare structure too will be different, an official added.The fare structure is not approved but there is a dominant view that it should be equivalent to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s fare structure. However, there no concession will be provided on season tickets. The WR is still to decide how many compartments will be reserved for women.Gupta also said that the board has issued formal orders to manufacture all 47 rakes under Mumbai Urban Transport Project – III with Air Conditioning features. Earlier, railways had decided to go for automatic, closed-door technology with non-AC.The AC train was manufactured under ‘Make In India’ and technology ingenuously developed. BHEL provided the electrical system.
SEASON TICKET FARE HIKE : MUMBAI LOCAL TRAINS
Fist Class Monthly Pass hike : 47% – Second Class hike : 38%
Western Railway is planning a hike of up to 47% in its first class season tickets and up to 38% in the Second class pass fares to make up for the Rs.1400 Crore loss logged by its suburban system last fiscal, a famous News Paper reported. Also with the minimum fare slab being 1-9 km, there is a proposal to split it into two – Slabs of 1-5km and 5-10km.
The rationalization of fares must be approved by the Railway Board. If the board clears the hike, a similar raise will be implemented by Central Railway’s Central Line and Harbour Line too. The maximum hike in monthly pass fare for first class commute has been proposed on Western Railway’s Churchgate – Dadar and Central Railway’s CST-Matunga routes at 47%, followed by Churchgate-Malad and CST-Nahur at 38% for Western Railway’s Churchgate -Vile Parle and Central Railway’s CST-Ghatkopar routes, followed by Churchgate-Jogeshwari and CST-Kanjurmarg at 26%.
Over the past decade, any move to hike fares on the suburban railway systems has been shot down fearing flak from commuters and opposition parties. With only a few months to go for civic election in Mumbai, it remains to be seen if the proposal will get an approval.
Fare rationalization is necessary to remove anomalies from the present structure. The fares of Mumbai’s suburban trains are the cheapest in the world, though it is the city’s lifeline, the official said. The minimum fare slab in the present structure is 1-9 km but Western Railway has now proposal , it will be split into two 1.5 km and 5-10 km. This is necessary as nearly 20% commuters travel in this 1-9 km slab.” official added.
The official said rationalization of fare was also necessary because while some commuters benefited from the slab anomalies, there was a set of people who were shelling out more for a short ride. For example, a second – class monthly pass for Churchgate-Andheri (21 km) commute costs Rs 215, which is the same as that for the Churchgate – Bhayander route, a distance of 44 km. Under the proposed structure, a Churchgate-Bhayander second class commuter will have to pay Rs.265 for a monthly season ticket, similarly, the first class monthly season ticket for the route may now cost Rs.1045 as against the existing Rs.905.
The western Railway official said fare anomalies exist on the Central Railway too. For example, a CST-Vikhroli (23 km) second class monthly pass holder pays Rs.215, which is same as that for CST to Thane (33 km). In the proposed fare structure, the CST-Thane monthly pass will cost Rs.250 as against the existing Rs.215.
With a maximum 47% fare increase, firs-class commuters are likely to be hit the most. A Churchgate – Dadar first class commuter may now have to pay Rs.500 for a monthly pass against the earlier Rs.340, which is 47% increase. The proposed increase will not be easy on second class commuters too. A second class monthly season ticket from Churchgate to Dadar is likely to cost 23% more at 160, as against the current Rs.130. The proposed revision will affect second-class card tickets too as the fares will rise by a maximum Rs.5.
The Fare chart are following, showing the difference of Existing and Proposed fare
|Destination from Churchgate/CST||Distance (in km)||Single Ticket (in Rs.) Existing to Proposed||Monthly pass – Second Class (in Rs.) Existing to Proposed||Monthly Pass – First Class ( in Rs.) Existing to Proposed|
|Mumbai Central/Byculla||1 to 5||5 to 5||100 –||340 –|
|Elphinstone / Dadar (CR)||6 to 10||5 to 10||100 to 120||340 to 500|
|Dadar (WR) / Matuga||11 to 15||10 to 10||130 to 160||485 to 600|
|Vile Parle/ Ghatkopar||16 to 20||10 to 15||130 to 180||565 to 700|
|Jogeshwari/Kanjurmarg||21 to 25||10 to 15||215 to 215||665 to 850|
|Malad/Nahur||26 to 30||10 to 15||215 to 240||665 to 920|
|Borivli / Thane||31 to 35||15 to 20||215 to 250||750 to 965|
|Mira Road / Mumbra||36 to 40||15 to 20||215 to 260||825 to 1000|
|Bhayander / Diva||41 to 45||15 to 20||215 to 265||905 to 1045|
|Naigaon / Thakurli||46 to 50||15 to 20||300 to 300||980 to 1200|
|Vasai Road / Kalyan||51 to 55||15 to 20||315 to 330||1095 to 1300|
|Virar / Ambernath||56 to 60||20 to 20||315 to 350||1175 to 1350|