The suburban services on both the Central and Western Railway are running behind schedule owing to technical failures and heavy rains.
On WR, a signal failure at Churchgate for 12 minutes delayed services for over 15-20 minutes. The signal failure occurred at 11.02am and was restored at 11.15am. WR officials said that this has not affected the punctuality and the services were running according to schedule from 12pm.
However, commuters complained that the trains were running late by 15-20 minutes. The Central Railway (CR) services were affected as the engine of a goods train got stuck between Badlapur and Ambernath owing to technical snag at 12 pm. The engine was removed at 1.30pm, but till then, trains going towards Badlapur were halted. Simultaneously, the trains up to Kalyan are running behind schedule owing to rains.
“The trains are running late by 30 minutes but there is no announcement about the failure. It is the beginning of the monsoon and if this continues, we cannot imagine what will be the situation when monsoon is in its peak,” said Pravin Mayekar, Mulund resident.
Incidents of signal failure are common during the monsoon when tracks get flooded.
When contacted, AK Singh, public relations officer of CR confirmed the failure. “The engine of goods train 31446 stalled at Badlapur. It took over one hour to remove it. This affected the train services in Ambernath-Badlapur section but services will return to normalcy in some time.”