<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) on Friday asked the railways to temporarily halt the services on the CSMT-Andheri-Harbour route from 1.10pm to 2.20pm. This decision, which included suspension of 18 trains, came after its commissioner Sushil Chandra was informed that the Western Railways (WR) had been running the services without keeping the safety rules in place between King’s Circle and Mahim since October 2016. “We are investigating how the safety certificate got misplaced.” Added AK Gupta, GM, Western Railway.The train service was stalled immediately between Bandra and Mahim stations to carry out a quick monitoring of the tracks and verify the safety parameters. Following this, a team of officials, who visted Chandra and sought permission for resuming the services, said they will issue a safety certificate soon.It has been 10 months that the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) completed the work of extending platforms and yard remodelling of Mahim station. “The WR have not submitted any safety certificate which states the tracks between King’s Circle and Mahim stations to be fit. Therefore, I had to withdraw the permission given to run trains on this new line,” said Sushil Chandra.In December 2015, the CRS gave permission to MRVC and railways to begin work on extending platform and remodelling of tracks. In October 2016, the MRVC completed work at the Mahim station that included making of points (from where trains interchange rail lines), remodelling the yard and creating parking space for rakes; before handing it over to the WR.”I cannot comment as the CRS is probing the case. We need to see what can be done now to improve its condition,” said Prabhat Sahai, Chairman and Managing Director, MRVC.Inspection of tracks and a point was carried out at the same spot where six coaches derailed on August 25. Sources said the curvature of this point is 8.4 degrees, while the permissible curvature should be less than 8 degrees. Since the derailment, the CRS has been monitoring the situation and holding meetings with WR, CR and MRVC officials.This is how he realised that safety certificate has not been submitted for this section which is part of Mahim Yard remodelling constructed at a cost of Rs 714 crore. “If we find that tracks are unsafe, we would not have run the services. I will have to check about the safety certificate which has not been issued since October 2016,” said AK Gupta, General Manager, Western Railway.Not just this, even the curvature of point on tracks towards Khar, of the same yard, is also more than the prescribed 8 degrees. There is also an elevated water pipeline that crosses the tracks. To ease the curvature, they will have to remove a pillar.

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In a first, 18 trains on WR line halted over safety issue