Suburban train services on the Central line were thrown out of gear following public agitation at Titwala station since early morning on Wednesday. Central Railway (CR) authorities said they had to suspended services between Kalyan and Kasara station due to agitation which started at 6.10am. The protest took place after a Mumbai-bound outstation train was given priority, thus delaying the arrival of 5.55am CST-bound local.
Hundreds of commuters jumped on the tracks and stopped both the south and the north bound trains, resulting in delay of several outstation and long-distance trains. However, the first long-distance train, Mumbai-Gorakhpur Express, crossed Titwala at 8.50am after the block was lifted.
Meanwhile, suburban services on CR are running late by at least 30 minutes, leading to overcrowding in the trains. A similar agitation was staged at Badlapur station by commuters earlier this year for the same reason, following which the authorities had then assured to improve punctuality of the suburban trains.