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Facelift to Mumbais suburban railways affects commuters

Commuters travelling by local trains in Mumbai are facing tough times as the busy line has been closed for a facelift.

Mumbai, May 26 : Commuters travelling by local trains in Mumbai are facing tough times as the busy line has been closed for a facelift.

In an effort to make rail travel more comfortable, the city's railway department is laying down new tracks, which have blocked a few stations like those at Marine Lines and Churchgate terminal.

The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has tied up with corporate houses to raise the money for beautifying prominent stations in return for advertising rights given at nominal rates.

The makeover of these stations was apparently inspired by the ongoing drive to revamp the famous Marine Drive, visited by thousands of tourists from the country and abroad.

Officials said they were trying to cause the least breakdown in services and complete the process soon.

"We started the work last night at 11 p.m. Twenty five percent of the job has been done until now. It will take one more hour to restart minimal traffic," said J.C.Parihar, the project in-charge.

Hundreds of daily commuters were stranded at the stations where labourers made last minute arrangements to fix up the tracks.

"We knew for the past few days that the trains would not ply, but did not foresee that the situation will be this bad. We are facing trouble here," said Rajesh, a commuter.

Mumbai's suburban railways, known, as the lifeline of the city, is crowded, poorly lit, dirty and with amenities like toilets in a dreadful state, cater to 6.3 million commuters' everyday.

Mumbai has the highest passenger density in the world, ahead of Tokyo and Seoul.

ANI

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