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New Kurla tracks approved

The two additional railway tracks between Kurla and Thane finally got a nod from the commissioner of railway safety (CRS) on Saturday after extensive inspections.


The concerns raised about various technical issues by the CRS in the previous inspection have now been addressed. With this clearance, commuters on the central line can expect a more efficient service from early April.
Work on the two railway lines began in 1995 and the original cost of the project was Rs166 crore. These fifth and sixth railway lines are expected to ease the burden on the third and fourth tracks.

Presently, long-distance passenger trains, as well as their suburban counterparts, run along these lines.
Having received the clearance from the CRS, the railways will now ply all long-distance passenger trains on these additional lines and free up the suburban tracks, thereby increasing their efficiency and making it possible to add more services for the suburban stretch.
However, a senior CR official told DNA that to start operations on the new tracks, a jumbo mega block spanning five days will have to be effected in the last week of March so that a short patch between Vidyavihar and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus can be connected.
"Work to remove old connectivity of tracks and put in place new railway crossings will have to be undertaken on a war footing. We will see to it that the suburban and long-distance operations from LTT and CST are not affected," he said.
The CRS said this small stretch will not require a fresh round of checking and services could be started soon after it is laid.

Source - DNA

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