Mumbai, 20 November 2022: Central Railway gave a perfect example of meticulous planning by executing the dismantling of Carnac Bridge during the 27 hours block. The 27 hrs block was operated on all six lines, 7th line and yard between CSMT and Byculla/Wadala stations from 23.00 hrs on 19.11.2022 to 02.00 hrs on 21.11.2022.
Up & Dn Slow line and Up & Dn fast line restored before schedule. First local train departed CSMT at 15.50 hrs for Thane passing Carnac Bridge dismantling site at 16.00 hrs. Harbour line is restored at 17.46hrs, also before schedule. First train on harbour line Panvel-Vadala local departed at Vadala 17.46 hrs for CSMT and CSMT-Panvel local departed CSMT at 17.52 hrs.
7th line and Yard work in progress and expected to be completed before schedule plan.
Taking a cue from the past blocks, an innovative planning was done to carry out the mammoth task. 100% removal of trough and slab concrete, and removal of pathways in the available corridor margins before the block day and standby cranes helped to complete the work before time.
Shri Anil Kumar Lahoti, General Manager, Central Railway said that “it was a huge and challenging task as traffic on all lines and CSMT station were completely shut. The extensive preparatory work, innovative scheme, meticulous planning and co-ordination with local civic bodies enabled us to complete this enormous task ahead of schedule. Deployment of multiple large-capacity cranes and other machinery with extensive manpower and team work facilitated expeditious completion of the work. This mega traffic block was also utilised to carry out large number of other maintenance works of track, OHE and signalling in shadow block which saved Railways about 900 hours of future block period.”
To ensure that passengers and not inconvenienced due to the block helpdesks were provided at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Byculla, Dadar, Thane, Vadala Road and Panvel, Nasik, Pune and other major stations. These helpdesks are manned by Ticket checking staff aided by RPF and station staff. Extra reservation / cancellation counters were also opened at important stations and additional ATVM facilitators have been pressed into service for the benefit of passengers.
Besides continuous announcements regarding short origination, termination, rescheduling of mail/exp trains and information on suburban trains were made. Information about the block and its repercussions were published in newspapers and electronic media like News Channels and FM channels well in advance and widely circulated through bulk SMS and through official social media handles of Central Railway like Twitter, Facebook, Koo, YouTube and Instagram.
Central Railway appreciates the support of its passengers in carrying out this important block which was supervised by an efficient team of Central Railway Officers, Inspectors and Engineers. Also appreciates Western Railway for running suburban trains with full capacity on weekend and Municipalities for running additional buses in block affected areas.