MUMBAI: As many as 205 local trains and 23 long-distance trains have been cancelled due to the shutting down of Mumbai's Lower Parel Railway Station for 11 hours. The station was shut for maintenance work after the Delisle Road Bridge was demolished.
The station was forced to shut down at 10 pm on Saturday and will remain closed till 9 am on Sunday.
A major block will be taken on WR to dismantle Delisle ROB at Lower Parel in the intermittent night of 2nd & 3rd Feb, 2019 ie night bet Sat-Sun. Kindly note effect on movement/cancellation/rescheduling/regulation of MAIL/EXP/PSNGR & LOCAL TRAIN SERVICES during the block period. pic.twitter.com/MPyAiS5KjY
— Western Railway (@WesternRly) January 31, 2019
The demolition drive was initiated as the bridge was found to be unsafe for use. "During an audit conducted in July, the Delisle Bridge was found unsafe. It was found that the bridge needs a replacement. We have chosen Saturday and Sunday to work because the train traffic services are lower. The citizens have been informed," the Chief Engineer at the site said.
The last slow local train from Churchgate in DOWN direction departed from Churchgate at 9.39 pm and arrived at Borivali at 10.46 pm. The last FAST local train from Churchgate in DOWN direction departed from Churchgate at 9.44 pm and arrived at War at 11.10 pm. The last SLOW local train in UP direction departed from Borivali at 8.56 pm and arrive at Churchgate at 10.03 pm. The last FAST local train in UP direction departed from Virar at 8.35 pm and arrived at Churchgate at 9.57 pm.
During the block period, no suburban services are running between Churchgate and Dadar stations. All slow local trains in UP direction are running up to Bandra and are being dealt on Platform number 2 at Bandra. All fast local trains in UP direction are running up to Dadar and are being dealt on Platform number 4/5 at Dadar.