Commuters from Navi Mumbai and those living on the eastern suburbs of Mumbai have something to look forward to in the coming monsoon as the Central Railway (CR) plans to phase out the last of the old retrofitted rakes from the Harbour Line.
From July, the CR plans to run only Siemens rakes on the line that connects Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Panvel. Retrofitted rakes, many of which are nearly 20 years old, are known to have poor ventilation and lighting.
“The rakes are also unreliable during monsoons as they can negotiate waterlogging of up to one feet, which is routine in the Mumbai suburban network,” a railway official said. Read More