How Mumbai trains are turning crisis into opportunity

Safety and maintenance work

In the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, Mumbai’s local trains, the lifeline of the city, have stopped operations. Now according to a Press Trust of India report, the Mumbai divisions of Central and Western railway are carrying out safety and maintenance work which wasn’t possible with the daily influx of passengers.

​Official comment

“The Western Railway is using this as an opportunity to complete the maintenance works wherever required, since getting a traffic block in this division is a big challenge,” Western Railway’s chief Ravinder Bhakar said.

Critical tests

The rail authorities are carrying out maintenance of the rail signalling system, tracks, overhead equipment and the rolling stock while keymen are inspecting every inch of the 1,394 km track everyday. About 210 km of track and 1,250 critical welds were tested by ultrasonic flaw detectors.

Obsolete tech

The Central Railway’s chief spokesperson Shivaji Sutar said along with track maintenance and testing, they carried out some critical works like removal of rusty portal booms of overhead equipment, maggering (an electric test) of signal and telecom cables of the entire Mumbai division, cleaning and maintenance of transformers, among others.

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