7-hour glitch brings monorail to a standstill

  • Saurabh Katkurwar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 02, 2016 00:56 IST

Monorail services were disrupted for more than seven hours, after a rake broke down near Bhakti Park station reportedly after one of its tyres burst.

While the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials said the snag was not major and denied tyre burst, the services were disrupted from 6.30am to 1.45pm. According to sources, a tyre of the rake fell on the RCF road a few weeks ago.

Although the MMRDA continued operations on the stretch from BPCL to Chembur when the repair was on, the frequency was one train every 45-60 minutes. Only two of the available ten rakes are in working condition.

The MMRDA has used seven to eight rakes to make spare parts for the two operational rakes.

Currently, 18,000 passengers use the monorail service operated on the 8.8-km Chembur-Wadala stretch.

Despite various attempts, K Vijayalaksmi, chief of MMRDA’s transport department, could not be reached for a comment.

While officials in the transport department said the glitch was reported at BPCL station, MMRDA additional commissioner Sanjay Khandare said the rake broke down at Chembur station a few days ago and it was being taken to Wadala depot for repairs when the accident occurred.

“Our staff was towing away the failed monorail using another (active) monorail from Chembur to Wadala depot. However, the roller (wheel system) developed a snag. We finished the repairs and resumed services on the corridor by 1.45pm,” Khandare said, refuting reports of tyre burst.

A monorail rake broke down at the same spot near Bhakti Park in March last year.

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