DELHI: Indian Railways will be adding 100 local train services on its Mumbai suburban network of Western Railway and Central Railway zones.
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal will be inaugurate these services on September 30, reports Business Today.
Railways has cancelled the launch of 100 new Suburban Rail Services in Mumbai area
With these additional trains, the total number of services on Mumbai local rain network across, Western Railway and Central Railway together, will increase to 3083 suburban services.
Out of these 100 new services, 32 will be introduced on Western Railway while remaining 68 train services will be introduced on Central Railway portion of Mumbai local.
From October 1, seventeen new trains services will be begin running along ‘up’ route on Western Railways, whereas fifteen others will ply the ‘down’ direction.
Meanwhile, 14 suburban services will run on ‘harbour line’ on Central Railways from October 2, whereas 14 others will be introduced on ‘trans-harbour line’ on the same day. Sixteen suburban services on ‘main line’ will be introduced later from November 1, 2017.
Lastly, twenty four suburban train services on ‘harbour’ and ‘trans-harbour lines’ will be started from January 31 next year.
These 100 additional train services will benefit 77 lakh commuters travversing Mumbai local train network by resolving congestion and providing faster commute.
Meanwhile, Railway Minister Goyal also cleared the air on Indian Railways’ deal with General Electric to manufacture diesel locomotives in Bihar, stating that work in this direction is going as planned. The GE deal was signed in 2015 under the ‘Make in India’ initiative when Suresh Prabhu headed the railway ministry.
According to a report in The Economic Times, the government is looking to reach an accord with General Electric over the diesel locomotive project as Indian Railways faces a potential penalty of Rs 1,300 crore if it terminates the contract.
Goyal’s statement came after several reports claimed that government might be thinking differently about the contract as Piyush Goyal is planning to fully electrify railway network after being named the new Railway Minister.