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Mumbai's amazing railway artery

July 12, 2006
The seven blasts that went off on seven different trains of Mumbai's Western Railway suburban network crippled the busiest railway artery in the world.

Mumbai has a population of about 18 million. And more than 6.5 million of them travel daily on the city's three suburban train systems -- the Western Railway, the Central Railway and the Harbour line.

The Western Railway suburban network -- that operates through 60 kilometres servicing 28 stations between Churchgate in south Mumbai and Virar in north Mumbai -- is the busiest corridor, in terms of passengers using it, of the three rail networks. The next busiest corridor in the world is the Central Railway.

Text: Vaihayasi P Daniel
Photograph: Sebastian D'Souza/AFP/Getty Images
Also read: Complete coverage: The Mumbai blasts
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