WR turns to IIT for tips on increasing services

Western Railway (WR) has approached IIT-Bombay, asking the experts for suggestions on how to increase services on the suburban corridor.

WR runs 1,250 services, of which 1,116 are 12-car, 14 are 15-car and 120 are 9-car. But the facility does not seem to be enough for 36 lakh commuters who avail of the facility every day. At a commuter interface meeting, organized by Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam in Borivli, some passengers requested WR’s general manager Mahesh Kumar to increase the number of services. Besides, they also asked for the installation of escalators at Borivli station and an increase in the height of platforms to cut down on the gap with train footboards.

“We have done our best in the past few months to squeeze in as many services as possible. However beyond a point, it becomes difficult to introduce more trains because of the limitations in the time-table,” Kumar said. “We have requested IIT-Bombay to explore the possibility of starting new services by improving the frequency of trains. We have given them all the data and information that had been sought. We are likely get the report by June.”

IIT-B’s operations research department will also conduct a study to suggest technical measure to improve the railway’s functioning. For example, the study will suggest if the inter-signaling distance can be relocated or changes can be made at crossover points where trains shift from one track to another.


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