The Central Railway on Wednesday said it will resume eight special local train services from Belapur and Nerul to Kharkopar station on its suburban route in neighbouring Navi Mumbai from November 20.
Earlier, the Central Railway resumed its special suburban services, which were halted in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak, from June 15 on the main, harbour and trans-harbour lines for essential services staff, including government employees and police personnel.
But, it had not re-started any service on the Belapur/Nerul-Kharkopar line (fourth corridor). Now, the decision has been taken to recommence eight special suburban services from November 20, four between Belapur and Kharkopar, and another four between Nerul and Kharkopar, the Central Railway (CR) said in a release.
With the addition of these eight new services, the number of suburban services on the Central Railway routes will increase to 1,580.
The local train services from Nerul will depart for Kharkopar at 8.45 am and 5.45 pm, while the services from Belapur will start at 9.32 am and 6.32 pm, the release said. The services from Kharkopar to Nerul will depart at 9.15 am and 6.15 pm, while those for Belapur will start at 10 am and 7 pm.
“Except for categories as identified by the State Government of Maharashtra and as approved by the Ministry of Railways, others are requested not to rush to the stations,” the Central Railway said. It also advised passengers to adhere to all norms and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to COVID-19 while travelling in trains.
There will be 8 suburban services, 4 each between Nerul and Kharkopar & Belapur and Kharkopar. Here’s the full schedule:
Nerul departure 08.45 hrs Kharkopar arrival 09.05 hrs
Kharkopar departure 09.15 hrs Nerul arrival 09.35 hrs
Nerul departure 17.45 hrs Kharkopar arrival 18.05 hrs
Kharkopar dep 18.15 hrs Nerul arrival 18.35 hrs
Belapur departure 09.32 hrs Kharkopar arrival 09.50 hrs
Kharkopar departure 10.00 hrs Belapur arrival 10.18 hrs
Belapur departure 18.32 hrs Kharkopar arrival 18.50 hrs
Kharkopar departure 19.00 hrs Belapur arrival 19.18 hrs