Spe­cial trains, buses to ply dur­ing 10-hour block at Diva

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You will not be able to take the reg­u­lar train from Diva rail­way sta­tion to­day.

The Cen­tral Rail­way’s 10-hour mega block at Diva sta­tion will hit com­muters but not many will be af­fected as it is a Sun­day. Spe­cial trains will run dur­ing the mega block but they will be ir­reg­u­lar.

The mega block has been planned to speed up the plat­form work at Diva sta­tion so that fast trains can halt from Novem­ber. The mega block from 8.30am to 6.30pm is a se­ries of four blocks over the next three week­ends.

Naren­dra Patil, chief pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer (Cen­tral Rail­way), said: “As there is no road con­nect from Diva to Thane and other places, peo­ple can avail of the spe­cial buses.”Around 10 buses will ply be­tween Mum­bra, Thane, Diva and Thakurli for com­muters on Sun­day.

Around eight out-sta­tion trains will be di­verted dur­ing the mega block.Ab­hi­jeet Ragji, 38, a res­i­dent of Agasan Diva said: “We are used to mega blocks on Sun­days for main­te­nance of the track. Al­though the block is for 10 hours on Sun­day, we hope that this would ben­e­fit us in the long run.”

The Diva rail­way sta­tion sees around 75,000 com­muters ev­ery day. The Diva res­i­dents have for long been de­mand­ing for fast trains to halt at Diva rail­way sta­tion. They have been de­mand­ing more ser­vices from the sta­tion as the pop­u­la­tion has mul­ti­plied over the years. Last year, they had staged a mas­sive protest against in­ad­e­quate ser­vices.

As Diva does not have a road link to ma­jor cities, res­i­dents have to de­pend on trains. “We hope af­ter the fast trains halt at Diva sta­tion, com­muters can travel com­fort­ably,” said Sameer Raje, 29, a Diva res­i­dent.

Carnatic mu­sic lovers will be in for a treat as city-based cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tion, Vashi Fine Arts So­ci­ety (VFAS) will be or­gan­is­ing two mu­si­cal events in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber.

While the first con­cert by Brinda Man­ick­avasakan from Chen­nai will be held on Septem­ber 24, the sec­ond con­cert by Shobha Ramesh from Ban­ga­lore will be held on Oc­to­ber 6.

The con­certs will be held at Jhule­lal Mandir Hall at sec­tor 9A. Both the artistes will be per­form­ing for the first time in the city.

Brinda Man­ick­avasakan is a per­form­ing vo­cal­ist in Carnatic mu­sic and has been per­form­ing for the past 15 years, since the age of 10.

Shobha Ramesh is the first per­son from Mum­abi to win All In­dia Ra­dio Na­tional Con­test in Carnatic sec­tion. “We are ex­pect­ing au­di­ence to come in large num­bers. The idea be­hind or­gan­is­ing such con­certs is to en­gage peo­ple in our cul­tural back­ground and also give a plat­form to such tal­ents to reach a wider au­di­ence,” said Kan­nan Iyer, trea­sury of VFAS.

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