As monsoon rains lash Mumbai, here’s how Indian Railways plans to ensure smooth and convenient suburban rail services

Indian Railways is gearing up to ensure no inconvenience caused to Mumbaikars during Monsoon season. While reviewing the preparations and road map of Mumbai’s suburban rail network in having all contingency solutions in this rainy season, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that the national transporter and the financial capital need to be fully prepared for the monsoon.

Recently, Goyal examined the current status of vulnerable areas and also reviewed plans for the smooth functioning of trains during the rainy season. The Railway Minister, while reviewing the preparedness of the local train services, advised Indian Railways to partner with institutions such as IIT Mumbai to study the efficiency of technical as well as civil work initiatives of the national transporter in handling rainfall.

During the COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdown period, Indian Railways had undertaken a major exercise towards the cleaning of muck/earth/garbage of 2,10,000 Cu Meters from suburban rail section by deploying three muck special including specially modified EMU rakes in the city of Mumbai.

Also, flooding spots of the previous monsoon season were identified as well as customized solutions were devised for each spot, for example, Andheri, Goregaon, Bandra, Mahim, Grant road.

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