On Sunday, the Central Railway cancelled approximately 200 local trains and 14 outstation trains due to a 24-hour massive block between Kalva and Diva railway stations (CR).
Due to the imposed caution speed orders, local train operations are anticipated to have delays of up to 8 minutes for the next four days. According to railway officials, the Central Railway is also expected to operate two more large blocks to finish the connecting work.
The Central Railway said it would be able to operate 100 new local train services once the building of the Thane and Diva fifth and sixth railway lines is completed.
Between Sunday at 2 a.m. and Monday at 2 a.m., nearly 700 workers worked on the construction project between Thane and Diva suburban railway stations.
During the block, work on railway lines was cut and connected at three locations, including the Kalwa-Karegaon level crossing and the Nutan Tunnel.
Mumbra railway station received a 6.5-kilometer railway track, as well as the commissioning of a new railway flyover and platforms.
During the blockade, local train services from the Central Railway’s Kalva, Mumbra, Kopar, and Thakurli stations were unavailable.
Trains in the sluggish railway corridor, particularly between Diva and Thane railway stations, may run 7-8 minutes late for the next 3-4 days due to cutting and connection work at several locations near Diva and Kalva. “We would strive to ease the caution orders as soon as feasible,” said Shivaji Sutar, Central Railway’s chief public relations officer.
The Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP 2B), which was approved in 2008, includes the fifth and sixth railway lines between Thane and Diva. The Central Railway has previously held an 18-hour railway block on December 19 for the building of the fifth and sixth Thane and Diva railway stations.