Mumbai Local Trains: The Central Railway will carry out a 27-hour mega block from tonight to demolish the British-era Carnac Bridge between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Masjid Bunder station in South Mumbai.

Central Railway said in a release that the mega block will begin at 11 pm on November 19 and end at 2 am on November 21, due to which Mumbai local and express trains will be affected during this period. This mega block is likely to affect over 37 lakh local train passengers daily as well as those traveling by outstation trains.

Explain that over 1,800 local train services operate on the Central Railway’s Mumbai network, including the ‘Harbour’ and ‘Main’ lines, which originate from CSMT in South Mumbai.

Carnac Bridge was built in 1866-67

Railway officials said the bridge was built in 1866-67 and was declared unsafe by an expert team of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) in 2018, though heavy vehicular movement was stopped only in 2014.

In the release, the Central Railway said, “The Carnac Bridge, which has been declared unsafe for road traffic in the month of September this year, will be blocked for removal.” Officials said that a major portion of the iron bridge has already been demolished, so during the block only the iron structure of the Railway Over Bridge (ROB) will be cut and removed with the help of road cranes.

Central Railway General Manager Anil Kumar Lahoti, Divisional Railway Manager Rajneesh Kumar Goyal and other senior officers inspected the demolition work on Friday and gave necessary instructions.

This route will also be affected

The block will be operated for 17 hours between CSMT and Byculla stations on the main line (CSMT to Kasara/Khopoli) of the Central Railway route. This means that no train will run between CSMT and Byculla station from 4 PM on November 20 till 11 PM on Saturday.

The block will be operated for 21 hours between CSMT and Wadala stations on Harbor Line (CSMT-Goregaon/Panvel). No train will run between CSMT and Wadala stations from 8 PM on 20 November to 11 PM on Saturday. Mail-Express yard lines will be made available after 27 hours i.e. at 2 am on 21st November.

Trains will go through these routes during the block

For the convenience of the passengers, local trains will run between Byculla, Parel, Kurla, Dadar and Thane, Kalyan and Karjat-Kasara stations on the mainline and Wadala to Panvel and Goregaon stations on the Harbor line.

CR said in the release that since we have limited platforms for reversal of trains at Byculla, Parel, Dadar, Kurla and Wadala stations, we will run the trains at reduced frequency. Central Railway has also requested passengers to avoid unnecessary crowding at suburban stations. The civic transport bodies are said to have requested to run additional buses for the convenience of passengers during the block period and they have agreed to do so.

Mail-Express trains canceled

To avoid traffic congestion, 18 pairs of Mail-Express trains have been canceled and 68 Mail/Express trains either short-terminated or short-originated at Dadar, Panvel Pune and Nashik stations. The release said that during the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday as well as Sunday and Monday, Central Railway will run a special traffic and power stop for over two hours for ROB girders starting at Kopri between Mulund and Thane. The block will also remain.

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