Disruption of Central Railway (CR) services during morning peak hours aggravated the Monday morning blues for thousands of suburban commuters.
Two wheels of a Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)-bound Kalyan slow train at platform number 1A came off at 9.52am, throwing the services behind schedule by almost an hour. This was the second consecutive disruption of CR services.
Around 80 services were cancelled, while 200 services were running behind schedule. Trains towards Kasara remained affected till late afternoon. It took more than four hours to restore the services on the slow line. At 2.12pm, both the lines on the slow corridor at Kalyan station got functional. The impact of the disruption was felt till late in the evening.
The CR press release said a road accident relief train (ART) was sent to the site immediately and the slow services were diverted on the fast line via platform number 4 and 5. “We diverted the services on the fast line. This led to bunching of trains, so some of them got delayed. We made minimum cancellations to avoid inconvenience to passengers,” said a senior railway official requesting anonymity.
Although the railway authorities said traffic towards Kasara was mainly affected, the suburban commuters across the city said a majority of trains were more than 30 minutes behind schedule.
“I was stuck in a slow train at Ghatkopar for more than 20 minutes. The fast trains were almost one hour behind schedule. On Sunday, the train services were affected because of rain. The railways come up with different reasons every day. They don’t realise how much the commuters suffer,” said Sunita Joshi, a Mulund resident.
Moreover, there was a signal failure between Atgaon and Khardi at 7.30am. The railway officials blamed heavy rain for the problem, which affected the early morning rail traffic between Kalyan and Kasara. “It is only beginning of the monsoon, but still there is some disruption every day. It took me three hours to reach office. I can’t travel for six hours a day,” said Rohit Das, Kalyan resident.