A fire in an electrical cable box supplying power to the signalling system of Virar station disrupted the suburban services on the Western Railway (WR) during peak hours on Tuesday evening.
The fire, which broke out at 6.50pm, affected the power supply to all four lines at Virar station, forcing the authorities to run trains only up to Vasai and Nallaspora. Thirty services were cancelled. The WR officials said the power supply was restored at 8.45pm and the services to Virar and beyond were resumed.
“My train was stuck at Vaitarana for more than an hour. Some commuters got off the train and found another mode of transport,” said Sunil Rohite, Palghar resident.
WR officials said trains were not being sent to and from Virar station. All suburban trains were being taken to Nalasopara, delaying the services by almost 30 minutes.
Some commuters complained of abrupt cancellation of various trains. “My train was headed to Nallasopara, but was cancelled at Borivli. There was chaos at stations because of the sudden cancellation. The trains as well as the platforms were crowded,” said Pankaj Sharma, Dahisar resident.
Earlier in the day, too, WR services beyond Virar were hit, as the engine of a Mumbai-New Delhi Garib Rath failed thrice. The train, somehow, reached Boisar where the engine was attached to the premium express train.
This affected several long-distance traffic towards Gujarat and delayed the Duronto Express, Surya Nagari Express, Karnavati Express, double-decker express and Ahmedabad passenger by nearly two hours.
Confirming the incident, Ravinder Bhakar, chief public relations officer, WR, said the traffic was delayed for a few hours.