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How were Mumbai locals restored in 4 hrs: BBC

Kalpana Verma

Posted: Jul 13, 2006 at 1228 hrs IST

On Wednesday, a journalist from the BBC's London office called up Western Railway's Chief Public Relation Officer Pranay Prabhakar and asked, "How did you restore your railway in four hours (after seven blasts on seven trains). Last year, when there were two blasts in London, it took us three days to resume train services."

Prabhakar replied, "We worked hard. Everyone, junior, senior...was on the job."

Additional General Manager Vivek Sahai The Indian Express, "We were up all night."

The first task at hand was to reconnect the overhead equipment wires, then remove the damaged coaches and clear the tracks.

The railway had four spare coaches to fall back on. They ran one of the remaining three affected trains with nine coaches, and used two of its coaches to run the other two trains in the normal 12-coach formation.

"We restored services fully from 9.30 am today," said Divisional Railway Manager Satya Prakash. "We plied all our 65 rakes."

An official at the railway’s Mahalaxmi workshop said the railway would soon convert three of its spare coaches into first-class. "Four more will be ready by next month," the official said.

"In case of a crisis, we have a spare 9-coach rake," said Sahai. On Wednesday, all outstation trains reached Mumbai on the Western Railway route.

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