Railways to Raise Track Height to Prevent Flooding

The Western Railway has installed 154 high-power pumps in low lying flood prone locations.

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After the Vasai-Virar belt witnessed a flood-like situation in July 2018, Western Railway (WR) is all set to make sure that it isn't repeated by desilting culverts between Churchgate and Virar and lifting the tracks up to 200mm. 

WR Chief Public Relations Officer Ravindra Bhaker said that the authorities will monitor all stations and out of 53 desilting between Churchgate and Virar, 37 is completed and the remaining will be completed by May 20. 

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Grant Road, Prabhadevi (Elphinstone Road), Dadar, Matunga Road, Mahim, Bandra, Khar, Andheri, Jogeshwari and Vasai-Virar sections are the low-lying flood-prone areas where special monitoring will be conducted.  

Bhaker further said that areas that are below sea-level, have high chances of water-logging. They have further planned to lift the tracks by 200mm for the smooth functioning of local trains during monsoon. In Mahim Yard on the Harbour line and on Bandra-Khar Down slow line, work of lifting tracks has been completed. The WR has further installed 154 high-power pumps at vulnerable low-lying locations such as Marine Lines, Mumbai Central, Dadar and Bandra.

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