Woman's Body Found In Mumbai's First Local Train

Once again a murderer succeeded in 'dumping' the victim's body in a Mumbai local train. Once again, we have reasons to doubt the security measures as we realise that anyone can get into a local with a huge gunny bag and leave it in a compartment without being noticed. Once again, we see the gory face of the city.

A young woman's body was found in a local train at Churchgate station on Monday, April 24 2011. The body was bundled in a gunny bag and the woman had injuries on her neck, back and hands. It seems that she was strangled in her sleep.

A porter found a gunny bag under a seat in a compartment of the first train that reaches Churchgate station from Virar. When no one claimed the bag, police opened it to find the body of a woman covered with layers of clothes.

Can you help? Do you know a woman missing with the following description?
The woman's identity is not known yet. In case, you know someone with the following description missing, you might want to bring it to the notice of the authorities:

Age: Around 25 years
Height: 5 feet
Complexion: Dark
Hair: Long
Clothes found with body: 24 different clothes - 7 lehengas, 7 salwars, 3 dupattas, 1 peticoat

Police hopes that CCTV footage might help in solving the mystery.

Here's the learning... yet again:
We must not ignore unidentified / unclaimed baggage in trains, stations or just anywhere. A little effort to bring it to the notice of the authorities can make a lot of difference.

Information sources: TV9, Mid-day

Mulund-Matunga Mega Block Today

Some of the trains on the central line will be cancelled today.

Between Mulund and CST stations: Fast trains will run on the slow line from 6.09 am to 12.50 pm and will halt at all stations.

Track Laying Goof-ups Wasting Our Money

Did you know that Railways is working on a project to lay two new lines that will separate suburban and national rail traffic?

 If this wows you, you must know how hard the authorities are working on this - they are toiling for over one and a half decades now!!!

Yes, the idea was conceived in the 1990s and since then there have been a lot many problems and goof-ups. At this point, you might want to know that when the first-ever railway line was laid in India (along the same stretch) the work was completed within four years! I believe we had more advanced technology and resources back then. Coz if today the authorities talk about land issues, relocation and court cases today, well these problems existed even then, didn't they?

So what's taking them so long to build an 18-km new corridor?  
Well, there have been rehabilitation concerns but apparently there have been track-laying goof-ups. Beleive it or not, some crossovers were laid in an incorrect manner. So what follows is a complete re-work: removal and reinstallation of the lines, the signals and the wiring. 

Basically, public money ka poora wastage!

Read more about this insightful information shared by Mr. Rajendra Aklekar in DNA.

Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express Tragedy Averted

Had it not been for pantry in-charge Pawan Kumar and his colleagues, the headlines today would have been much more disturbing.

The pantry car of the 12951 Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express caught fire at around 2.20 am near Thuriya station (close to Ratlam) on Monday, April 18 2011. The fire then spread to the adjoining B6 and B7 coaches.

The pantry car was completely destroyed but due to the presence of mind of the pantry in-charge and the timely action taken by him and his colleagues (they pulled the chain and urged the passengers to get off from the train), as many as 150 passengers were saved.

By 5 am, the affected coaches were decoupled and around 8.20 am, the train resumed its journey.

Source: http://www.ndtv.com
Image courtesy: Microsoft Office

Mega block timings - April 17

Planning to travel by a local train today? Remember, it's Sunday and there will be a mega block on most of the lines due to maintenance work.

Here are the mega block timings when the local train services will be affected:

Matunga to Mulund: The local trains that generally run on the slow track (leaving Matunga station between 10.33 am to 3.59 pm) will be diverted on the fast track and and will stop at Sion, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations. Slow trains (down) will not stop at Vidyavihar, Kanjurmarg and Nahur stations during this period.

Tip on how to reach these stations during mega block: You can reach these three stations on your valid tickets as follows:

  1. Vidyavihar - Get off at Ghatkopar station and take the up line (reverse direction i.e. CST train).
  2. Kanjurmarg - Get off at Bhandup station and take the up line (reverse direction i.e. CST train).
  3. Nahur - Get off at Mulund station and take the up line (reverse direction i.e. CST train).

Kurla to Mumbai CST: Mega block will be from 11 am to 4 pm.

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.

Tip: You are allowed to reach your harbour line stations via the main line and western line between 10 am to 6 pm.

Sunday On Thursday - Weekend Timetable Today

As per the announcements made at Vashi station, Harbour and Main line trains will be running as per Sunday timetable today. So expect lesse frequency and obviously more crowd in the trains.

Also, please note that since today is Ambedkar Jayanti and many people visit Dadar, you will face a lot of crowd today, especially at Dadar station. Based on my experience on travelling on April 14 from Dadar, I would suggest that you avoid the peak hours today.

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