Central and Western Railways gear up to give a smooth ride in monsoon

Railways identify water-logging locations on Central Railway, Western Railway

Mumbai: The Central Railway and Western Railway have said that they are prepared for the monsoon by carrying out important tasks like cleaning of drains, lifting of tracks and improvement in signalling infrastructure.  Central and Western Railway authorities have identified vulnerable water logging locations for the upcoming monsoon and preparations to work on them have begun accordingly.

“Central Railway has identified 17 locations that are prone to water logging during heavy rains. At least 23 pumps will be provided in these areas before the onset of monsoon. The locations identified on main line are Masjid, Mazgaon Yard, Byculla, Curry Road, Sion, Kurla, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar, Nanipada, Thane, Dombivli. On the harbour line, they are Sewri, Wadala, Chunabhatti and Koparkhairane,” said an official. Western Railway has identified Marine Lines, Charni Road-Grant Road, Mumbai Central, Elphinstone Road, Dadar, Mahim, Bandra-Khar, Andheri-Jogeshwari and Nalasopara-Virar as flood-prone sections.

WR’s Chief Public Relations Officer (PRO) Sharat Chandrayan said that flood-prone areas on the section have been identified. “More attention will be paid to certain sections like stretches on Charni Road-Grant Road, Dadar, Mahim, Bandra-Khar among others which are flood-prone.”

CR’s chief PRO Narendra Patil said, “We begun removing muck, cleaning culverts and drains, trimming trees, scanning boulders and provision of pumps at locations vulnerable to water-logging.”

CR said it will provide 23 pumps at spots where water-logging is likely to happen. Also, the civic body will provide 16 pumps at 15 locations.

Railway tracks have been lifted in low-lying areas such as Churchgate Yard, Dahisar-Mira Road, Bhayander Yard and Nalasopara-Virar to prevent flooding.

Authorities are also in the process of desilting culverts and trimming trees so that disruptions during monsoon can be avoided.

WR will instal about 80 diesel pumps in vulnerable low-lying areas.

Also, to give uninterrupted signalling, 950 multi-section digital axle counters have been provided at stations on the CR main line and harbour line sections.

Both WR and CR have also carried out inspection of OHE and signalling system and rakes to prevent failure.