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1. INTRODUCTION

Suburban section of Western Railway in Mumbai from Churchgate to Virar extends over 60 Km (approx.) and comprises of 28 stations. Section Churchgate to Borivali (about 34 Km) is having quadruple lines and balance section Borivali to Virar is double lines. Section handles about 1007 suburban trains which carry 3.0 million passengers during 24 hours and 154 Mail / Express / Miscellaneous movements are also handled. Train movement is based on automatic signaling system.

During peak hours (morning 8.30 to 11.30 hrs. and evening 17.30 to 20.30 hrs), trains are spaced at 3 minutes interval, thus working very close to available headway of 3’12”. Sectional capacity is already over saturated.

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