In a major relief to lakhs of commuters, both the Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) have decided to cancel the mega-block of their suburban services Sunday.
“No Day Block on WR suburban in Mumbai on Sunday September 27, and Night Block at Bandra (T) Main and Yard,” Western Railway, wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
“There will be no Mega Block on 27 September on @Central_Railway suburban sections for the benefit of devotees of Ganesh Festival,” CR tweeted.
During a Mega Block carried out by CR or WR, suburban services remain affected for a specific period between specific stations.
The WR has decided to run eight special trains between Churchgate and Virar on the intervening night of September 27 and 28.
The first special train will depart from Churchgate at 01.15 AM and reach Virar at 02.47 AM, the second special train will depart from Churchgate at 01.55 AM and reach Virar at 03.30 AM.
The third special will depart from Churchgate at 02.25 AM and reach Virar at 4 AM and the fourth special train will leave Churchgate at 03.20 AM and reach Virar at 04.55 AM, it said.
Similarly, the first special train will depart from Virar at 12.15 AM and reach Churchgate at 01.45 AM. The second special train will depart from Virar at 12.45 AM and reach Churchgate at 02.17 AM.
The third special will depart from Virar at 01.40 AM and reach Churchgate at 03.12 AM while the fourth special will leave Virar at 02.55 AM and reach Churchgate at 04.30 AM.
The special trains will halt at all stations.
Tomorrow, being the final-day of the 10-day-long Ganesh festival, lakhs of people are expected to visit Girgoan, Dadar, Juhu chowpatty for immersion of Lord Ganesha idols.