Western Railway had commenced the services of a few local trains from 15th June, 2020 on the Mumbai suburban section after complete closure since 23rd March, 2020. The services were gradually increased for the convenience of passengers and to avoid crowding and maintain social distancing, presently 350 special suburban services are being operated by Western Rly for the essential services staff as notified by Govt of Maharashtra. Now, as per the demands received from the staff of essential category and to make it possible to reach them to their places of work in time, Western Rly has made an important revision in timings of 4 originating / terminating Dahanu Road special local trains & has decided to extend 2 existing special suburban services between Dahanu Road & Virar upto Churchgate for the benefit of essential services staff w.e.f. 17th July, 2020.
These special suburban services are not for general passengers / public & are strictly only for essential staff as identified by the State Government of Maharashtra. As per the revised timings w.e.f. 17th July, 2020, the first train from Dahanu Road i.e. DRD-2 will now depart at 04.40 hrs to reach Churchgate at 07.15 hrs. This train was earlier departing from Dahanu Road at 5.40 am & running upto Virar only, which now has been extended upto Churchgate.
The next local train DRD-4 departing Dahanu Road at 05.40 hrs will reach Virar at 06.55 hrs. Earlier DRD 4 was departing from Dahanu Road at 7.05 hrs & was reaching at Virar at 8.20 hrs. Similarly, in the Down direction the first local for Dahanu Road DRD-1 will depart from Virar at 04.15 hrs to reach Dahanu Road at 05.30 hrs. Earlier DRD 1 was departing at 5.00 hrs from Virar & was reaching Dahanu Road at 6.15 hrs. DRD-9 which was originating from Virar for Dahanu Road at 09.10 hrs, will now originate from Churchgate at 07.40 hrs to reach Dahanu Rd at 10.25 hrs. These changes will be especially beneficial for those essential category staff doing night shift. The revised timings of the UP & DOWN trains from and to Dahanu Road are attached herewith.