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MRVC head wants to fast-track railway projects

Soon, Mumbaikars may find a little more space in trains that may chug along a little faster. Central Railway commuters, including Harbour line passengers who complain of step motherly treatment from the CR, can now expect speedier trains with more carrying capacity, what with a new helmsman at MRVC raring to expedite the due projects.

The newly-appointed managing director of Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation, Rakesh Saxena, met CR GM Kul Bhushan on the day he was appointed last Saturday, to discuss the implementation of these projects.

On the agenda were converting 9-coach trains to 12-coach, and starting 15-coach trains on the main line, that is the CST-Kasara/Karjat stretch. The additional coaches will be able to ferry 33 per cent more passengers.

Further, newer train extensions to Navi Mumbai are on the cards, along with the proposal for a fast corridor on the Harbour line that would be partially elevated and partially underground.

MRVC, headless since May, had been struggling to execute these ideas. Sources said that Saxena met Bhushan at CR headquarters on Saturday. Saxena, who has previously worked with the city's railways, said, "My previous experiences will surely help in implementing projects."

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