Four escalators will be installed at Kurla station alone.
Four escalators will be installed at Kurla station alone.

Also, Harbour line will be converted from DC to AC by March 2016

Mumbai  : In order to ease the effort taking by commuters to climb up the steps on a foot over bridge (FOB), Central Railway (CR) is all set to install escalators on eight other stations, including four escalators at Kurla station alone.

Taking stock of the situation on CR, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Amitabh Ojha on Thursday said that these escalators will be installed by March 2016. The eight stations where these escalators will be put up include Kurla, Vidyavihar, Kanjurmarg, Bhandup and Badlapur on the Central line and Walada and Mankhurd on the Habour line.

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Also, with the tender for the construction of the Parel terminus all set to be floated next month, the platform at Parel station will be widened from 7.5 meters to 12 meters in width.  This is being done with the aim of accommodating the heavy rush of commuters seen getting down at Parel, which has emerged as another commercial hub. The work for another FOB to improve east-west connectivity will also be undertaken soon as part of the construction of the fifth and sixth line between Kurla and CST.

After the successful conversion of the mainline on CR from Direct Current to Alternating Current, officials are now working on completing the conversion on the Harbour line from DC to AC by March 2016. Officials from CR have admitted that the conversion on Harbour line will be relatively easier considering the fewer number of bridges and FOBs on the Harbour line. Converting to AC on Harbour line will not only enable the officials to improve the number of trains, but the number of coaches will also be increased from 9-car to 12-car.

CR trains might be delayed from Sept 1-12

Commuters on CR might face a delay in train services on the mainline as a block for the launching of the girdle will be taken up at Currey Road from September 1 to 12. With the block being taken up during the night hours, the services during the daytime will be affected as there will be a speed restriction of 30 kmph on the slow line and 60 kmph on the fast line during that period. Though the officials said that the block will not have any repercussions on the services, it is likely to affect the punctuality of the trains.

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