MUMBAI: In a major ‘festive bonanza’ for Mumbaikars, the railways has decided to add 100 new train services to the financial capital’s train network from October 1.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will make the announcement on September 29 during his visit to his home state of Maharashtra, senior railway officials told PTI.
On October 1, the Western Railway will run 32 new services, while on October 2, the Central Railway will start 28 such services. Sixteen new services will be started on November 1.
By January 31, 2018, the national transporter aims to run 24 more services on the Central Railways. Thus, a total of 100 new services will be underway in the next four months — 68 on the Central Railway and 32 on the Western Railway, officials said.
During his last trip to Mumbai, the railway minister had promised that his ministry was working to augment suburban services with new trains.
Spread over 465 kilometres, the suburban railway in Mumbai is the oldest railway system in Asia. It operates 2,342 train services and carries more than 7.5 million commuters per day.
The Mumbai Suburban Railway system is operated by the Railways’ two zonal divisions of Western Railways and Central Railways.