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Western Railways: 21,000 passengers can now travel in 30 new morning train services

From Monday onwards, 21,000 essential staffers are to be accommodated in 30 additional special trains that the Western Railway will run on the Churchgate-Virar corridor during morning peak hours.

Western Railways: 21,000 passengers can now travel in 30 new morning train services
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As per reports, from Monday, September 21, 21,000 essential staffers are to be accommodated in 30 additional special trains that Western Railway will run on the Churchgate-Virar corridor during morning peak hours.

This decision has been taken in a bid to ease out the overcrowding that has been witnessed on the Virar-Borivali stretch. Moreover, during peak hours, 29 extra train services have been added in the return direction.

The Western Railways are to run 150 additional services through the day. Earlier, the daily number of trips would be 350, which has now increased to 500. As of now, each local train can carry a maximum of 700 passengers, keeping in view the social distancing norms. After three months of strict lockdown, the local services were resumed for people engaged in essential services. According to sources, before the lockdown, 1,200 people could travel easily in a Mumbai local but now as per state norms, only 600-700 people are allowed on each train.

As per a report in Times of India, these additional services will originate or terminate at Virar (74) and Borivli (76) stations. The Virar-Churchgate route will see 37 more services, 34 fast and three slow in both directions through the day. The Borivali station is to get 37 additional slow services to Churchgate, and 39 services in the reverse direction, 38 slow and one fast train.

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