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March 21, 2014

Accident? DON'T JUST CLICK PHOTOS, HELP PEOPLE

Letter to those with camera phones:

It's a shame that someone has to say this but when you witness an accident DON'T JUST CLICK PHOTOS, HELP PEOPLE.

Another derailment happened in Mumbai yesterday. One killed, 23 injured. Suddenly, again, a person became a number. HSC student Dhaval Lodaya (17) could not be saved. Could have been saved. Only if medical help arrived in time. Reportedly, it took 90 minutes. I know, it is not a surprise to most of Mumbaikars. But there were people, a lot of people. Some injured, some just saved, some onlookers. And yet, in those 90 minutes when the ambulance did not arrive, people kept clicking photos, or that's what I read in the newspaper.

November 20, 2013

Echoing the voice of commuters

While travelling by a Mumbai local train, there are so many things you regularly hear, say or want to say:
"Kidhar utarna hai? Door kyun block karke rakha hai?"
"Zara sarko bhaiiya, fourth seat pe baithna hai."
"Khaalipeeli machmach nahi karneka."
"Thoda push karo, jagaah ban jayegi."
"Dus ka paanch, gaanvti santra lo!"
"#*%^... #%*+...
As a guest blogger with Half Baked Voices, I got an opportunity to bring to light the voice of daily commuters. I am sure, you can relate to what I have listed out here. Do let me know what you would like to add to the list,

October 25, 2013

The world around is not a dustbin!

For the last one month, there has not been a single day when I haven't witnessed people littering through the windows of the local trains. What's more disheartening is that mothers, seemingly educated as is visible from the way they dress and travel in the first class compartment, do so in the presence of their little kids. It's one thing that they do not understand the importance of keeping the city clean. But passing on such habits to the next generation is creating a future city of rubbish around us.

September 29, 2013

Mega Block Timings: Sunday, 29th September 2013

Matunga and Mulund stations:
Fast trains leaving CST from 10.08 am to 2.51 pm will be diverted o­n slow line between Matunga and Mulund stations. These trains will halt at all stations between Sion and Mulund during the block period.
Up line fast trains leaving Thane from 10.50 am to 3.36 pm will halt at Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla during the block period.
The trains will run 15-20 mins behind schedule.

August 15, 2013

THE GOOD COMMUTER 3-POINT PLEDGE

Take THE GOOD COMMUTER 3-POINT PLEDGE THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY.


 
Yes, we have so many complaints against the system and services. And many of us think there is nothing much we can do about it. BUT WE CAN make the smaller differences. This Independence Day, let's pledge to do what we can to make the local trains, platforms and the city a cleaner place. 


Join us in the 3-POINT PLEDGE below and share with us your stories. The best stories will be published on this blog.

1 - If I notice people littering in / from the trains / platforms, I will politely ask them not to do so (When other commuters notice you doing so, they will also stop littering and ask others from doing so)
2 - If I notice youngsters performing stunts in trains, I will interrupt / call the helpline number 1275 immediately.
3 - If I take a train to the last station and I know no one will board my compartment at that time, I will switch off the fans.
 

If you are all set to join us in this mission, Please comment 'I Pledge' here and please share. 

LET'S MAKE THIS A VERY HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

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August 11, 2013

Mega Block Timings | 11th August 2013

CENTRAL LINE

Kalyan-Thane: Down line fast local trains leaving Thane station from 9.04 am to 2.51 pm will be diverted on the slow line between Kalyan and Thane Stations (will stop at all stations up to Kalyan ).
All Up fast trains leaving Thane from 10.50 am to 3.43 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Mulund in addition to their respective scheduled halts. 

The trains will run around 15 minutes behind their schedule.

Kalyan-Ambernath: Down line trains leaving Kalyan from 1.32 pm to 3.17 pm and Up line trains leaving Badlapur from 1.49 pm to 3.22 pm will remain suspended between Kalyan and Badlapur stations. Shuttle services will be operational between Badlapur and Karjat during the mega block.

CST-Bandra/Andheri: Harbour line trains to Bandra/Andheri leaving CST from 10.48 am to 3.33 pm and those leaving for CST from Bandra /Andheri from 10.40 am to 3.45 pm will remain suspended.

      

Harbour line services for Panvel / Belapur/Vashi leaving CST from 10.52 am to 3.13 pm will run via main line between CST and Kurla further will be diverted o­n Harbour line. These trains will not halt at Chinchpokli and Currey Road stations.
Harbour line passengers for Bandra/ Andheri are permitted to travel Via Main line and Western Railway from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm o­n 11.8.2013.  

WESTERN LINE

Borivali and Goregaon: There will be a 5-hour jumbo block o­n the 5th line between Borivali and Goregaon stations from 10.35 am to 3.35 pm today. During this period all Up & Down Mail as well as Express trains will run o­n fast lines between Borivali and Goregaon stations.


Information Courtesy : Public Relations Department, Central & Western Railway

July 14, 2013

Mega Block Timings | 14th July 2013

CENTRAL LINE

Kalyan-Thane: Up line fast local trains leaving Kalyan station from 10.30 am to 3.53 pm will be diverted on the slow line between Kalyan and Thane Stations (will stop at all stations up to Thane). After Thane, they will be redirected on fast line but will stop at the following stations between Thane and CST: Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar, Kurla, Dadar and Byculla.

June 29, 2013

Mega block timings: Sunday 30th June 2013

CENTRAL LINE
Up slow and semi fast trains leaving Kalyan from 10.34 am to 3.54 pm will be diverted o­n Up fast line between Kalyan and Mulund stations (will halt at Dombivli and Thane stations, will not halt at  Thakurli, Kopar, Diva, Mumbra and Kalva stations). People wanting to reach the stations where these trains will not halt during the mega block can travel via Dombivli/Thane in Down direction on their valid tickets.
 
Also, fast trains leaving CST from 10.08 am to 2.40 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Mulund. Fast trains leaving Thane from 10.50 am to 3.08 pm will halt at Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations.
 
Local trains leaving Kalyan from 1.32 pm to 3.17 pm and leaving Badlapur from 1.49 pm to 3.22 pm will remain suspended between Kalyan and Badlapur. Shuttle services will run between Badlapur and Karjat during the block period.  

Central line trains are expected to be 15-20 minutes late due to the block.

HARBOUR LINE
Harbour trains leaving CST for Panvel / Belapur / Vashi stations from 10.23 am to 3.01 pm and trains leaving Panvel / Belapur / Vashi for CST from 10.20 am to 3.04 pm will remain suspended.

Special local trains will run o­n CST-Kurla and Mankhurd-Panvel sections during the block period. 
 
8 SPECIAL TRAINS will run between CST and Panvel via Main Line / Trans Harbour Line. These locals will run via Main Line between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Thane halting at Masjid, Sandhurst Road, Byculla, Dadar and Kurla and further via Trans Harbour Line halting at all stations between Thane and Panvel. The timings are as follows:
 
CST - PANVEL SPECIAL TRAINS (VIA THANE)
CST Departure   Thane Departure     Panvel Arrival
10.31 am            11.21 am                 12.14 pm
11.40 am            12.30 pm                 1.23 pm
12.53 pm            1.43 pm                   2.36 pm
1.49 pm              2.39 pm                   3.32 pm

PANVEL - CST SPECIAL TRAINS (VIA THANE)
Panvel Departure    Thane Departure CST Arrival
10.35 am                 11.28 am             12.18 pm
11.24 am                 12.17 pm             1.09 pm
12.45 pm                 1.38 pm               2.28 pm
13.42 pm                 2.35 pm               3.25 am

WESTERN LINE
There will be a 5-hour jumbo block o­n the Santacruz and Goregaon stations from 10.35 am to 3.35 pm. During this period,  between Santacruz and Goregaon stations, all Up & Down fast trains will run on slow line and some trains will be cancelled.
 
Information Courtesy : Public Relations Department, Central & Western Railway