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Mumbai: AC local trains in limbo… bridges on CR, WR a roadblock for functioning


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Mumbai: The commuters have to wait a bit longer to enjoy a ride in the AC local services on Mumbai tracks. As neither the Central Railways or Western Railways are in a position to schedule the trains on their lines.

The AC local trains which were lying in the Kurla carshed, have already completed the trail period in the carshed. During this fortnight, the Central Railways (CR) were suppose to run the trails on main lines, but now the news is that the CR may not be able to function the services.

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According to reports, The Central Railways is having a major problem of bridges because the train height, which is higher than the existing running locals. The height is also a problem given the numerous amount of bridges on the Central Lines. There are plenty of bridges between Kurla and Mumbai CST on the Central lines.

The train were brought to Mumbai seven months back and were initially planned for the Western Railways. However, due to a similar problem, with the inability to raise the height of the overhead wires at Mahalakshmi station, the AC local trains from Western Railways were transferred to the Central Railways. There are many low bridges on the Western Railway too – prominently at Mahalakshmi station, Mahim and Matunga.

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Central Railways passed the trail run in Kurla carshed but failed to trail at main lines. So this Rs 54 crore project seems now at “God’s mercy”.

Western Railways Manager Mukul Jain was quoted by Lokmat as saying, “Due to problem at Central Railways of bridge between CST to Kurla, Railways board said to Western Railways to run AC local at Western lines. But Western Railways is not decision taken yet.”

Each compartment of the train can seat 1,028 people, with additional capacity of 4,936 standees and also has GPS based address system.