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What is a Mega Block? How does it affect rail traffic?
Aug 01 2011 (12:19)
News Entry# 32292 Mega blocks, heavy rain inconveniences commuters
Posted by: Ranjeet*^ Added by: moderator*^~ Aug 01 2011 (09:46)
Heavy rain coupled with mega blocks on both the Central and Western Railway managed to give rail commuters a hard time on Sunday. The city has been witnessing incessant rains since Saturday. Moreover, the maintenance blocks carried out by the rail authorities for nearly five hours resulted in the cancellation and diversion of several trains. Also, the trains continued to run late by over 15 minutes.
The Central Railway (CR) carried out a mega block on the fast corridor between Mulund and Matunga stations from 11am to 4pm. Consequently, there were limited train services with most of them being diverted on the slow lines. The halting of trains at all the stations along with the slow movement, left the commuters hassled.
A line block is requested by the engineering official in charge, and granted by the Divisional Railway Manager. The station master of a station adjacent to the affected block section receives a copy of the line block order from the DRM, and he decides when to implement the line block. In busier sections the Section Controller is also involved in deciding when to impose the line block. In some cases, if the traffic disruption is extensive and the block is required for longer than usual, necessitating much rerouting and rescheduling of trains, the block is termed a megablock (or 'mega block').
The simplest is a line block, or traffic block, which blocks a particular track (or tracks) when repair or construction work...