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MEMU train for Diva on CR

Thursday, November 08, 2018
Text & Pictures By Shrikant Khuperkar

Following this newspaper's report on the problems faced by train commuters travelling on the Diva-Vasai route, the DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) service by the Central Railway has been replaced by the MEMU (Mainline Electric Multiple Unit) around a week ago. The Western Railway was already running MEMU trains on this route, so now both lines provide the service.

After electrification of the Panvel-Pen section was given the go-ahead recently, MEMU trains that earlier run between Diva-Vasai and Dombivli-Boisar will now run between Vasai and Pen, bypassing the Diva station. Those who want to travel on this route have to come to Kopar (upper) station instead of Diva.

According to CR sources, the Panvel-Pen electrification trial is ongoing. Shrikant Bapat, member of the Panvel Passengers Association, said it has been a long-pending demand by shift duty workers, to shift-wise make the schedule up to Pen. However, DMU services will continue to run on the Roha-Diva-Roha route.

According to the CPRO, electrification has been done and the safety engineer has also given the green signal for this. However, it has not yet been decided whether the Vasai-Diva MEMU will be run from Vasai to Pen, or another MEMU train will be given for the Diva-Pen route. At present Diva-Roha is also running on DMU service, and its not to be replaced, he added.

However, since the Pen to Roha electrification work is not yet done, there is no chance of replacing DMU with MEMU (Diva-Roha). Thus, the same MEMU which is running on Diva-Vasai route will be extended upto Pen, bypassing Diva station.

The following stations will fall between Panvel-Pen – Somatne, Rasayani, Apta, Jite, Hamrapur.

A trial service of the MEMU between Diva and Pen was run by the CR on Saturday night and it was successful.

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