All 12-car rakes should be transformed into 15-car rake: Piyush Goyal

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has asked the Central and Western Railway top officials to come up with a timeline for the project within two weeks


Soon, Mumbaikars who travel on the Central and Western line will get to commute in a 15-car rake. On Tuesday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal directed that all local trains in Mumbai be turned into 15-coach trains.

He has given two-weeks time to the top brass of the Central and Western Railway to come up with a timeline for the project. He mentioned it in a meeting with senior railway officials that took place at the state guesthouse Sahyadri. He said that such a move will increase the Mumbai local trains’ capacity by 25 per cent.

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Compared to 12-car rake that carried more than 5,550 passengers against its capacity of around 3,000 during peak hours, a 15-car rake has the capacity of around 4,200 people and carries more than 7,000 commuters during the rush hours.

Currently, the WR has 105 rakes, of which only five are 15-compartment trains. The CR, which runs 1,772 services daily on the Mumbai suburban network, including the Main and Harbour line besides services to Bandra, Andheri and Goregaon, has just one 15-coach train out of its running fleet of 133 rakes (37 rakes are on standby for maintenance).

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