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WR revokes order to cancel halts of 6 trains at Jogeshwari

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Western Railway Friday withdrew its order to cancel halts of six suburban trains at Jogeshwari station in northern Mumbai following protests from commuters.

The halts were cancelled as part of a new suburban train timetable that came into effect Thursday.

The decision had upset commuters who lodged complaints with the Jogeshwari station master as well as divisional authorities.

Following a meeting between BJP Mumbai unit chief Ashish Shelar and WR Mumbai divisional railway manager Sanjay Mishra, the decision to cancel the halts was revoked Friday.

When contacted, Shelar said, "Jogeshwari needs more train halts due to increase in passengers, especially due to the metro and the Bombay Exhibition Centre nearby. I mediated on behalf of the commuters and resolved the issue."

"As passenger representatives showed dissatisfaction at the cancellation of halts, we decided to pull it back," said Ravinder Bhakar, chief public relations officer, WR.

Ratan Poddar, a member of the newly-elected Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee (ZRUCC) panel set up WR, slammed the earlier order and said railway officials should not take such decisions arbitrarily without consulting commuters.

In the new timetable, WR has added 10 services and extended 122 others, besides changing the routes of 56 services.

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First Published: Fri, November 02 2018. 20:35 IST