Do not be surprised if you find the local trains overcrowded and roads jam-packed on Wednesday. The Maratha morcha is expected to make travel difficult for Mumbaikars. To begin with, supporters have already arrived in the city in big numbers. Community members have arrived in the city on foot or in private vehicles by road and some even by long-distance trains.
In a bid to woo the Maratha community, the BJP had asked the Central Railway (CR) to add extra coaches to long-distance trains entering the city. The CR added general compartment coaches to nine long-distance trains coming from Marathwada, Kandesh and Vidharbha regions of the state. Of these nine trains, only one will arrive on August 9 while the rest arrived on the night of August 8.
These trains are coming all the way from Miraj, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Solapur, Manmad, Amravati and Badnera; halting at most stations en route. “We added 11 additional general compartment coaches in these 9 different trains. The same composition of coaches shall be followed when they leave Mumbai,” said a CR official.
Looking at the probable rush, the CR has also planned to run more local train services. Each coach can accommodate 100 people plus as these will be packed.
The officials said that elaborate arrangements have been made for crowd management on CR stations. “Based on inputs on the number of people who will be heading back post the morcha, we will run additional services as per requirement,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway. These additional services will extend during the evening peak hours too.
Credit By:- DNA India
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