MUMBAI : The Central Railway will start special suburban train services on the Trans-Harbour line for essential workers from Monday.
To begin with, it will launch two services on the Thane-Vashi corridor of the Trans-Harbour section. While one train will leave Thane in the morning at 7.30 am, the second special train will be operated in the return direction at 4.30 pm.
Said CR chief spokesperson Shivaji Sutar,”The train will benefit those from state government offices and other essential workers. It will also be of relief to those working at the railway workshop in Sanpada.” At present, several workers from Thane and beyond had to go through a long detour by going to Kurla and then hopping on a connecting train on Harbour line to Vashi.
Sutar said that these two services were in addition to the existing 350 services on the Main and Harbour lines of Mumbai division. These specials will halt at Rabale, Koparkhairane, Turbhe and Sanpada stations.
“Only the essential staff as identified by the state government will be permitted to travel by these selected suburban services. Others are requested not to rush to the stations. These services are not for the general public. It is also requested that travellers follow all protocols as mandated for Covid-19,” Sutar added.
The total number of services operating on CR has touched 352 while the number of services plying on WR is 350. The suburban railway is ferrying 2 to 2.5 lakh passengers daily.