In a first, the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) on Friday asked the railways to temporarily halt the services on the CSMT-Andheri-Harbour route from 1.10pm to 2.20pm. This decision, which included suspension of 18 trains, came after its commissioner Sushil Chandra was informed that the Western Railways (WR) had been running the services without keeping the safety rules in place between King’s Circle and Mahim since October 2016. “We are investigating how the safety certificate got misplaced.” Added AK Gupta, GM, Western Railway.
The train service was stalled immediately between Bandra and Mahim stations to carry out a quick monitoring of the tracks and verify the safety parameters. Following this, a team of officials, who visted Chandra and sought permission for resuming the services, said they will issue a safety certificate soon.
It has been 10 months that the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) completed the work of extending platforms and yard remodelling of Mahim station. “The WR have not submitted any safety certificate which states the tracks between King’s Circle and Mahim stations to be fit. Therefore, I had to withdraw the permission given to run trains on this new line,” said Sushil Chandra.
In December 2015, the CRS gave permission to MRVC and railways to begin work on extending platform and remodelling of tracks. In October 2016, the MRVC completed work at the Mahim station that included making of points (from where trains interchange rail lines), remodelling the yard and creating parking space for rakes; before handing it over to the WR. Read More…