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Indian Railways to launch 100 New Suburban Rail Services in Mumbai area

Indian Railways is going to introduce 100 additional local train services on its Mumbai suburban network of Western Railway and Central Railway zones.

Out of these 100 services, 32 new services will be introduced on Western Railway while 68 services will be introduced on Central Railway, giving major boost to suburban rail services in Mumbai area.

With these additional services, total suburban services in Mumbai will increase from existing 2983 services to 3083 suburban services. It will benefit around 77 lakh commuters travelling daily over Mumbai suburban network by providing faster commute and reducing congestion.

Key Facts

Western Railway: In all, 32 new services will be introduced in Western Railway. 17 services will be introduced in ‘up’ direction and 15 services will be introduced in ‘down’ direction from 1 October, 2017. Western Railway presently runs 1323 sub-urban services. After addition of these services, total sub-urban services on Western Railway will reach upto 1355.

Central Railway: In all, 68 services will be introduced in Central Railway. 14 suburban services will be introduced on ‘harbour line’, 14 suburban services on ‘trans-harbour line’ from 2 October, 2017. 16 suburban services will be introduced on ‘main line’ from 1 November, 2017.

24 suburban services will be introduced on ‘harbour’ and ‘trans-harbour lines’ from 31 January, 2018. Presently, Central Railway runs 1660 sub-urban services. With addition of these new services, total sub-urban services on Central Railway will reach upto 1728.

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Government appoints Ashwani Lohani as New Chairman of Railway Board

The Union Government has appointed Ashwani Lohani as the new Chairman of the Railway Board (Ministry of Railways). Prior to this appointment, he was serving as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India.

His appointment comes after A.K. Mital resigned from post, owing moral responsibility of Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailment in Uttar Pradesh due to several lapses in track maintenance work.

About Ashwani Lohani

Mr. Lohani is an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineering (IRSME) cadre. Earlier he had served as DRM, Delhi Division; Chief Administrative Officer, Rail Alternate Fuel and Director, National Rail Museum. He holds the Guinness Record for successfully running the ‘Fairy Queen Express’, the world’s oldest working steam locomotive.

He holds four engineering degrees, has authored two books (one on steam engines and the other on management). He is credited with the turnaround of the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC) and the India Tourism Development Corporation.

Railway Board

It is the apex body of the Indian Railways. It reports to the Parliament through the Ministry of Railways headed by the Union Railway Minister. The Chairman of the Board with the status of a Secretary to Government in the Ministry of Railways is responsible for decisions on technical and policy matters of Indian Railways.

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