Eighteen special train services will be operated on Mumbai's suburban railway network on the night of Anant Chaturdashi, the 10th day of the Ganapati festival, on Sept 28
- Special train services will be operated on Mumbai`s suburban railway network
- Special services will be operated on the night of Anant Chaturdashi
- Services will benefit the passengers returning after immersion of Ganesha idols
As many as eighteen special train services will be operated on Mumbai's suburban railway network on the night of Anant Chaturdashi, the 10th and last day of the Ganapati festival, on September 28 for passengers returning after immersion of Ganesha idols, an official said on Tuesday, reported the PTI.
The Central Railway in a release said it will run 10 suburban special trains between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Kalyan, Thane, and Belapur stations on the intervening night of September 28 and September 29, according to the PTI.
Of the 10 services, six will be operated on the main line between CSMT-Thane and Kalyan stations, while four will be run on the harbour line between CSMT and Belapur station at 12.05 am on September 29, it stated.
The Western Railway will operate eight suburban special services between Churchgate and Virar stations from 12.15 am on September 29 for the convenience of passengers returning after the immersion of Ganesh idols.
Anticipating heavy rush at Charni Road station due to the immersion, the Western Railway has decided to halt all Churchgate-bound fast trains at all the stations between 5 pm and 8.30 pm, an official release stated.
All Churchgate-bound slow trains will not halt at platform number two at Charni Road station between 5 pm and 10 pm to reduce congestion on platforms, it said.
Meanwhile, 17,187 idols of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Gauri have been immersed in various water bodies in Mumbai on the seventh day of the 10-day Ganpati festival.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials said that no untoward incident was reported during the immersion of idols on the festival's seventh day. Out of the 17,187 idols, 15,243 were household Ganesh idols, 1,758 'sarvajanik (public) idols and 186 of Goddess Gauri, the official said.
Of the total idols, 5,147 were immersed in artificial ponds set up in various parts of the city, he said.
The 10-day Ganesh festival began in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on September 19. The immersion of idols takes place on different days of the festival starting from the second day. The festivities will end on Anant Chaturdashi on September 28.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has earmarked 69 natural water bodies (including stretches of the seashore) and set up 191 artificial ponds for the immersion of idols this year, the official said.
(with PTI inputs)