Mumbaikars might just have to find other means of transportation as there will a 5-hour mega block between Ambivali and Asangaon tomorrow (that is 18th Jan, Thursday). The service of 54 trains will be cancelled. The blockage will cause inconvenience for regular railway commuters who travel through the central line.
This blockage was called for by the Army in order to launch the girders for the foot overbridge.
Though the railway officials had given them the go to carry out the work on Sunday, the army claimed it would more time for the construction to be complete.
“The down suburban train services for Titwala /Asangaon/Kasara leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus(CSMT) from 09.12 am to 1.30 pm and up suburban train services towards Mumbai area leaving Kasara/Asangaon/Titwala from 09.54 am to 3.02 pm will remain canceled,” an official statement from the Central Railway said.
Mail express trains will be affected too, due to which 4 trains will be canceled and rescheduling of 16 trains.
“Taking any other transport mode from Kasara station to reach CSMT is costly. I plan to work from home that day,” corporate professional Ashish Ahuja said. “It is not right to take a block because the authorities want to finish the work early. The convenience of many commuters is being put to stake with this,” Subhash Gupta, member, Rail Pravasi Sangh, said.
The Army is looking to build a three feet overbridge at Elphin-stone Road, Currey Road, and Ambivali. The bridge at Ambivali will be ready by 31 Jan, while the bridges will be by February 15.