Shashank Rao
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Spike in chain pulling delaying trains on CR

Mumbai: The Central Railway (CR) lost almost 21 hours in November due to delays in train services caused by 71 incidents of alarm chain pulling; this included incidents in suburban locals as well as long-distance trains

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Updated on Dec 09, 2023 07:46 AM IST

BEST revenue dips due to conductorless buses, lax checking

Mumbai: The decision by the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking to operate buses without conductors has backfired, resulting in financial losses due to ticketless travellers

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Updated on Dec 08, 2023 06:54 AM IST

Study on AC locals recommends more seats for women

A redesign of seating arrangements on air-conditioned (AC) local trains to create more seats for women, making space for a luggage compartment, induction of more such trains on the fast line, and an increase in the halt time are some of the recommendations made in an interim report recently presented to Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC)

Mumbai, India - Dec. 17, 2020: First Air Condition local train of the Central Railway Main line arrives at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus(CSMT). AC local services will be operated from CSMT-Kalyan section in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, December 17, 2020. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 07, 2023 08:36 AM IST
By, Mumbai

MMRDA fines contractor for worker’s death at metro site

The deceased worker was identified as Dhanajay Gopal Chawhan. Originally from Allahabad district in Uttar Pradesh, he joined the job last year and lived in the Kolshet area of Thane

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Updated on Dec 07, 2023 01:26 PM IST

CR introduces equipment to warn motormen of red signals

The Central Railway in Mumbai has installed a Signal Location Announcement System (SILAS) in a local train to prevent trains passing red signals. SILAS will announce the presence of upcoming signal poles displaying red to the motormen, helping to prevent accidents. The equipment will be installed in 10 more trains in the coming days. This decision came after a recent incident where a train jumped a red signal. SILAS alerts the motormen when the train is 350 metres and then 250 metres away from the upcoming signal pole.

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Updated on Dec 05, 2023 07:34 AM IST

Fake complaints against auto, taxi drivers spam RTOs’ WhatsApp helpline

21 out of 549 complaints received by the Regional Transport Office in Wadala about auto and taxi drivers were found to be fake. Passengers have been misusing the WhatsApp number provided to vent their frustration. The auto and taxi union leaders have criticized this initiative and have demanded action against those filing fake complaints. Commuter activists and transport experts have advised passengers to be more careful when lodging complaints.

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Updated on Dec 02, 2023 07:46 AM IST
By, Mumbai

CR hopes to earn 30-50cr by regularising hawkers

The Central Railway in Mumbai plans to regularize hawking on local trains, allowing vendors to sell consumables and non-consumables.

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Updated on Dec 02, 2023 07:22 AM IST

College on Wheels: IRCTC to probe shoddy service

Nearly 500 students were provided accommodation at Royal Palms in Goregaon after their arrival in the city on November 24. But the rooms were smelly and unclean, bedsheets were stained, corridors did not have sufficient lighting and food was served on tables joined together in a single line

New Delhi, India-July 08 : Students from Delhi University before boarding in “GYANODAYA EXPRESS – AN EDUCATIONAL TRAIN JOURNEY” aiming to broaden the horizons of learning beyond the class room launched by Delhi University at Safdarjung railway station in New Delhi on Sunday,July 08, 2012 . ( Photo by Arvind Yadav /Hindustan Times )
Updated on Nov 30, 2023 06:56 AM IST

Police, transport dept finally take note of e-bike menace

Government agencies are addressing the nuisance caused by mini electric bikes in Mumbai, including haphazard parking, rash driving, and breaching of traffic signals. The bikes are not regulated under the Motor Vehicles Act or transport department rules, making it difficult to enforce regulations. Citizens have complained about the misuse of the bikes, and officials are urging the e-bike operator to ensure proper parking.

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Updated on Nov 29, 2023 07:26 AM IST

CR begins demolition of illegal structures along harbour line

Sources said that once the encroachments were demolished, garbage and excreta would be removed from the tracks, which would help CR engineers carry out the necessary improvement works on the tracks. The CR authorities intend to make the harbour line capable of taking train speeds up to 105 kmph from the present 80 kmph, which will improve punctuality as well in future

CR begins demolition of illegal structures along harbour line
Updated on Nov 28, 2023 07:40 AM IST

Central Railway employees thrilled with new flexible work schedule

A while ago, CR’s Mumbai division created two slots—9.30 am to 5.45 pm and 11.30 am to 7.45pm—for employees working at its CSMT office. The scheme began on November 1, and the employees have the option of selecting either one of the above rosters on the first of every month

Kumar is among the 300 employees of CR’s Mumbai division who opted for its new scheme to escape jampacked local trains during morning peak hours. These employees, who include staff from the materials management and public relations departments, constitute roughly 20 percent of the division’s 1,500-strong workforce
Updated on Nov 20, 2023 06:22 AM IST

Railways to impose fines on errant food contractors

Sources said a recent incident showing rats running on the kitchen floor and nibbling on vegetables inside the pantry car of a long-distance train parked at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus didn’t go down well with the Railways, although the contractor was fined ₹25,000

Ludhiana, India – January 08, 2018 : Food being prepared in Train Pantry at Ludhiana Railway station, January 08, 2018. (Photo by Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 07:48 AM IST

CR plans cinema hall at Dombivli station, camping site at Palasdhari

Central Railway in Mumbai plans to set up a prefabricated cinema hall and a camping site at two of its stations to increase non-fare revenue. The cinema hall will be located at Dombivli station and is expected to generate an annual income of INR 47.85 lakh ($74,000). The camping site will be set up at Palasdhari station and has an earning potential of INR 27.92 lakh ($43,000) per year. However, rail passengers have criticized the plans, stating that the railway authorities should focus on improving train punctuality and passenger amenities.

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Updated on Nov 14, 2023 07:36 AM IST

WR mulling extension of 15-car trains on slow line till Churchgate, begins study

Sources said that 15-car rakes could be introduced on the Andheri-Churchgate slow line in a phased manner – first from Andheri to Bandra or Dadar, and later, further south

Mumbai, India - January 31, 2018: Huge crowd on western line during rush hours at Andheri in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. (Photo by Satyabrata Tripathy/Hindustan Times) (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 13, 2023 05:18 AM IST

Demand for tourist buses, cars is less than 60% this Diwali weekend

Demand for tourist buses and commercial cars in Mumbai during the Diwali weekend is less than 60%, a significant drop from the usual 95%, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Bus and car operators are hoping for an improvement in business next week. The top destinations from Mumbai are currently Goa, Mahabaleshwar, Pune, Shirdi, Kolhapur, and Bengaluru. Last year, demand for intercity buses was 95-98%, while demand for commercial cars exceeded 100%. The availability of private vehicles and the operation of special train services by the Railways are contributing to the lower demand for public transportation.

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Updated on Nov 11, 2023 07:40 AM IST

UTS app improved as number of digital ticket holders rise on Central and Western Lines

This number stood at 2.07 crore commuters who used the UTS app in October 2022 for travelling inside local trains. According to the railway officials, this is a massive jump in the number of commuters who are using digital tickets and season passes to travel in the suburban local trains

A crowded local passenger train approaches a platform in Mumbai on July 5, 2019. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP) (AFP)
Updated on Nov 10, 2023 07:54 AM IST

After Platform 2, CR looks to decongest other platforms at Dadar

Central Railway plans to increase the number of trains originating from Dadar station's Platform 5 to decongest the station and accommodate more commuters. The authorities will remove the barricade between Platforms 4 and 5 and improve track alignment. They are also widening Platforms 1 and 2 and shifting stalls and offices to create more space on the platforms. Dadar station currently has six platforms and a daily footfall of over 500,000.

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Updated on Nov 09, 2023 09:20 AM IST

Railways to monitor air, noise pollution at CSMT ahead of redevelopment

These equipments will track the content of fine particulate matter in the air, respirable dust sampler, and noise pollution. For instance, the fine particulate sampler samples PM2.5 in the ambient air. Explaining the working of the equipment, an official said ambient air enters the system through an omnidirectional inlet and traps the particles

Railways to monitor air, noise pollution at CSMT ahead of redevelopment
Updated on Nov 09, 2023 09:04 AM IST

NHSRCL takes dust mitigation measures at BKC bullet train site

The National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL) is taking measures to mitigate air pollution at the construction site of the bullet train station in Mumbai's Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). Initiatives include using mist guns, enclosing raw material and waste materials, providing green nets, and sprinkling water on the roads. A wheel wash facility has also been provided to prevent dust emissions.

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Updated on Nov 09, 2023 08:18 AM IST

WR to stretch sixth line from Goregaon to Borivali

The need for extending the sixth line till Borivali assumes importance because it will ensure that long-distance trains stay away from the fast lines of suburban rail. As per an internal deadline, WR authorities are looking to complete the extension of sixth till by March or latest by June 2024

Mumbai, India - Oct. 27, 2023: Huge crowed at Borivali railway station during morning office time, The Western Railways on Friday has cancelled over 100 up and down local trains across various destinations between Churchgate and Virar on Mumbai’s Western Suburban Railway. These trains have been cancelled as it is undertaking mega block on October 27 in connection with the construction of the sixth railway line between Khar and Goregaon railway stations in Mumbai, India, on Friday, October 27, 2023. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 07, 2023 07:44 AM IST

One new AC rake today, 4 more soon

Five new air-conditioned (AC) trains will be added to Mumbai's Western Railway line in the next 2-3 months, bringing the total number of AC trains to around 50-60. The move is in response to rising demand and overcrowding on current services. The new trains will increase the number of AC services to 96, up from the current 79. Each AC train will operate 10-15 services a day, running as AC trains on weekdays and non-AC on weekends. The Western Railway has seen a significant increase in the number of commuters using AC trains, with numbers jumping from 63,547 daily average in the last financial year to 2.24 lakh commuters daily average between April to October this year.

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Updated on Nov 06, 2023 07:36 AM IST

CR enhances platform capacity at CSMT for long-distance trains

Central Railway (CR) in Mumbai is expanding the capacity of long-distance platforms at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) to accommodate longer trains. Once completed, platforms 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 will be able to handle 24-coach trains, increasing their carrying capacity. The work involves removing and relocating overhead equipment, dismantling washing pits and stabling lines, and inserting railway turnouts. The project, costing INR 62.12 crore, is being carried out in two phases, with 45% of physical progress already completed.

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Updated on Nov 05, 2023 07:02 AM IST

Despite MMRTA’s nod, no infra to ply autos outside metro stations

The decision to have dedicated stands for autorickshaws below metro stations in Mumbai has not been implemented despite approval by the transport department. Unions have raised concerns about the lack of infrastructure, such as boards, signs, and fare charts, at the stands. Once the stands are in place, the demand for different routes will be assessed before finalising long-term plans. The stands will benefit commuters in the western suburbs of Mumbai.

Mumbai, India - Nov 03, 2023 : Auto Rickshaw moving Near Metro stations, at Andheri, in Mumbai, India, Friday, Nov 03, 2023. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 04, 2023 06:32 AM IST

Vande Bharats give ghost town Wadi Bundar fresh life

The revitalization of Wadi Bundar, which was once a bustling freight traffic hub, is expected to bring new life to the area and boost connectivity.

Mumbai, India – Aug 21, 2023: A view of the Wadi Bunder area, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, Aug 21, 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 08:14 AM IST

CR to add 10 more AC services from November 6

Starting Nov 6, the Central Railway will introduce 10 more AC local services by replacing regular local trains. The total number of AC locals will increase to 66 services daily. On the other hand, the Western Railway has restored 224 train services for Nov 1-2, cancelling only 112 services in a day.

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Updated on Nov 01, 2023 07:30 AM IST

Staggered working hours for staff safety, says CR DRM

Central Railway (CR) in Mumbai has implemented staggered working hours for its staff to reduce overcrowding on local trains. The new hours of 9.30am to 5.45pm and 11.30am to 7.45pm were due to begin in December, but were brought forward to 1 November. The divisional railway manager for Mumbai, Rajnish Kumar Goyal, organised meetings with employees, unions and fellow rail officers to ensure the changes were feasible. Goyal also plans to write to government organisations and private companies to encourage them to adopt staggered working hours.

Mumbai, India - Oct 30, 2023 : People crowded at Borivali Railway Station due to 6th Line ongoing work between Khar to Goregaon, in Mumbai, India, Monday, Oct 30, 2023. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 31, 2023 05:52 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Flexible work hours for CR employees from next month

According to sources in CR, an internal circular to introduce flexible work hours has been sent to the employees. “This will benefit employees to avoid peak hours for travelling by trains from their residences to CSMT,” reads the circular, a copy of which is with HT

Mumbai, India - Oct 27, 2023 : People crowded at Andheri Railway Station due to 6th Line ongoing work between Khar to Goregaon, in Mumbai, India, Friday, Oct 27, 2023. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 29, 2023 06:58 AM IST

WESTERN RAILWAY MEGA BLOCK: Brace for more chaos from Monday as block enters crucial stage

Commuters of Western Railway in Mumbai will face more inconvenience as the railway is set to cancel 316 train services every day from Monday to Friday, which is almost 23 percent of its total daily services. The cancellations are due to essential works being carried out during the night, resulting in massive crowds at stations. The railway police have been posted at important stations to monitor crowd control. The works include upgrading the signalling system with electronic interlocking to improve train operations. Alternative transport services have been questioned by commuters.

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Updated on Oct 29, 2023 06:42 AM IST

Transport dept cracks down on heavy vehicles to mitigate air pollution

The state transport department in Mumbai has started cracking down on heavy vehicles such as buses and trucks for contributing to air pollution in the city. Inspections are being carried out to check if proper norms are being followed while transporting construction debris and garbage. Vehicles found to be in violation will be impounded and necessary action will be taken. Associations of transporters claim to be following prescribed norms and are unhappy about being targeted by the government. The BMC has also issued guidelines to control air pollution from vehicles.

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Updated on Oct 29, 2023 06:30 AM IST

Controlled chaos on Day 1 of mega block

Over the last few days the WR launched an effective communication campaign appraising Mumbaikars about the laying of the sixth line between Khar and Goregaon which has necessitated this mega block. Between Friday and November 6, the WR will cancel a total of 2,525 services

Mumbai, India - Oct 27, 2023 : People crowded at Andheri Railway Station due to 6th Line ongoing work between Khar to Goregaon, in Mumbai, India, Friday, Oct 27, 2023. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 28, 2023 07:10 AM IST
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