Thursday, July 25, 2013

Rain puts brakes on Central Railway suburban services

Express news service : Mumbai, Thu Jul 25 2013
Heavy rain for the second day in a row disrupted Central Railway (CR) suburban services Wednesday. Services on harbour line were suspended between CST and Mankhurd for three hours in the afternoon.
A high tide Tuesday caused waterlogging at many stations and about 100 locals were cancelled.

Sapan Mishra, who had to wait at CST Tuesday evening when even platform indicators were off, said: "Commuters faced a lot of inconvenience and there was confusion.''
A senior CR officer, however, said, "As this was not a peak hour, the number of passengers was very less. It was decided to run more trains in the evening.''
With waves rising to 4.95 metre at 1.27 pm, there was waterlogging in low-lying areas of Central Railway. From 3 pm to 4.10 pm, tracks between Chunabhatti and Kurla were in 8-inch-deep water, resulting in suspension of services on harbour line.
Seventy locals on harbour line and 30 on main line were suspended between CST and Mankhurd from 2.15 pm to 5.09 pm.
Western Railway, in comparison, cancelled 20 locals and delayed 80 by around 30 minutes.
Between 5.45 pm and 6 pm, trains were stranded between Bandra and Khar stations.
Due to point failure between Masjid and CST fast line from 8.30 am to 9.25 am, there was bunching of locals.
A CR spokesperson said: "Suburban trains were running 20-25 minutes behind schedule from 8.30 am to 11 am.''
BEST buses were diverted due to waterlogging in Kalachowki, Hindmata, Sion Road 24, Maheshwari Udyan and near Elphinstone railway station.


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