Date of Post: 30 Nov, 2018
Mumbai: Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has directed that all local trains in the city be turned into 15-coach trains. Piyush Goyal, in a meeting with senior officials of the Central Railway and Western Railway, asked them to come up with a timeline for the project within 2 weeks, reported Mumbai Mirror.
- This move will increase the Mumbai local trains’ capacity by 25%, Goyal was quoted as saying in the report.
- Currently, the suburban fleet consists mostly of 12-coach rakes.
- While the Western Railway has only 15 local trains with 15 coaches, the Central Railway has just one local trains with 15 coaches.
- The Mumbai Suburban Railway system, which is operated by Western Railway and Central Railway , operates 2,342 train services and carries more than 7.5 million commuters daily.
- By annual ridership (2.64 billion), the Mumbai Suburban Railway is one of the busiest commuter rail systems in the world.
- Earlier this month, Goyal announced the government has approved up to Rs 65,000 crore for a host of rail infrastructure projects on the suburban network in Mumbai and its surrounding areas, reported PTI.
- “With the blessings of our visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi and with active support of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the decision of having an investment of a whopping Rs 60,000 to Rs 65,000 crore in the last proposed budget has been approved,” the news agency quoted Goyal as saying.
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