Mega block on March 27, 2011: Thane-Kalyan, Kurla-CST, Bandra-Wadala

Sunday the 27th of March 2011... time for Mumbai Local Trains Mega Block!

If you plan to commute by local trains today, you must know that like every Sunday, Central Railway will be operating a mega block even today. And here are the timings when the local train services will be affected:

Local trains will not run from Kurla to Mumbai CST from 11 am to 4 pm.

Trains will also not run between Wadala (Vadala) and Bandra (both directions) from 11 am to 4 pm.

However, up harbour line services from Panvel/Belapur/Vashi stations to CST leaving Kurla will take the main line route from 10.40 am to 3.54 pm but will not stop at Curry Road and Chichpokli stations.

Harbour line trains will not run from CST to Bandra / Andheri from 10.47 am to 4.03 pm.

Harbour line trains will not run from Bandra / Andheri to CST from 10.41 am to 3.48 pm.

Thane and Kalyan slow track line will face a mega block between 10.40 am and 3.40 pm. Slow trains from Mulund will be diverted on fast line upto Kalyan station from 10.35 am and 3.37 pm and will halt only at Thane and Dombivli.

Emergency medical room at Dadar station

Dadar now has a medical emergency room with all the important amenities and a doctor 24x7. The medical room has ECG machines as as well as oxygen cylinders. 

This move might help save the lives of accident victims at Dadar.

Where is the emergency medical room at Dadar station located?
Dadar Central Railway's platform number 6 (this is where we had the TC's office)

Yesterday Bandra Fire, Today Slumdog Millionaire?

Last evening's fire near Bandra station was such a disaster. So while last night the top news were that of the Fire in Shanties in general (#bandra, #fire, #bandrafire leading twitter trends), today, Slumdog Millionaire and Rubina Ali are making news.

The fact of life being: Most people are more interested in the life of celebrities than that of the common man.

With Rubina, many kids were rendered homeless due to the fire that broke out in Garibnagar slums. I wonder if anyone Googled: What happened to the kids and people who lost their homes in Bandra Fire.

The news headlines in some papers are about Slumdog Millionaire's Rubina losing her home. That's okay coz the newspapers serve what people want to read. But these articles don't even have a single mention that hundreds of others are homeless too.

Such is life!

Rubina Ali Photo Courtesy:

Fire Near Bandra Station today, latest update

4 March 2011: Update at 11.56 pm
Fast trains aren't halting at Bandra station. Slow trains are stopping but not for more than 5 seconds!
All station lights off. Careful while on the bridge don't touch the railings while getting off there are fears of loose live electric wires.

- Update by Nathan J. Gonsalvez via Twitter 

Earlier story about the fire:

Fire Near Bandra Station today, Harbour Line Services Hit

Fire Near Bandra Station today, Harbour Line Services Hit

4 March 2011: Mumbai's Harbour line local train services are hit due to a massive fire in the shanties near Bandra station (east) today. Over 200 shanties are affected.

As per the latest news (11 pm) harbour line trains towards Andheri are not running beyond King's Circle.

Western line trains are running late.

Outstation trains are being stopped before Bandra. Bandra skywalk is also affected

Bandra bus stand is vacated.

Train derailment in Navi Mumbai today

2 March, 2011: Ladies compartment of a local train in Mumbai has derailed in Navi Mumbai today. The Harbour line services are affected. The train derailed was heading towards Panvel from Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).

Locals towards CST are running fine. 
Trains towards Belapur are indefinitely late.

Thane (trans-harbour line) trains are running proper.

Updated at 1 pm