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Dec 14 2016 (07:43)  More 15-car services to be introduced on Western Railway's Mumbai suburban trains (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: Overcrowding on Western Railway (WR) will come down in some suburban trains as authorities will run twelve 15-car services instead of 12-car between Churchgate and Dahanu from December 19.
WR introduced 15-car services rakes on its suburban section in 2009. Of the total 1322 trains per day on WR, a total 30 are fifteen-car. The last time 15-car services were added on WR was in March 2013. The number of 15-car services will now increase to 42.
A WR official said, "The first 15-car services will originate from Virar around 4.14 am."
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The introduction of 15-car at the expense of 12-car means that these trains will not have halts at stations like Grant Road, Charni Road and Marine Lines due to shorter length of platforms.WR's chief public relations office Ravinder Bhatkar said, "Introduction of more 15-car will increase the carrying capacity by 25 per cent per rake."
WR has also tweaked the time-table of some services due to introduction of this 15-car rake. In the evening peak hour, this 15-car rake will depart from Churchgate at 7.17 pm for Virar. In the morning peak hour, the train will depart from Virar at 6.32 am and 9.37 am for Churchgate and Andheri, respectively.
WR has already augmented number of services in October to reduce load in Andheri-Virar belt. It increased four services each in up and down directions. Besides, 10 services were extended, including four in up direction and six in down direction.
WR's Accident Review Committee, which was set up at the instruction of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu after a video of a youth falling from the running train went viral last November, had recommended introduction of more fifteen-car trains to reduce overcrowding.
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