As rain relents in Mumbai, technical failures delay local trains

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 22, 2015 22:55 IST

Though the rains relented on Monday, lakhs of commuters continued to suffer as trains on both the Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) ran behind schedule.

A suicide, two unit failures and speed restrictions at four locations delayed over 300 CR trains. The two unit failures, at Masjid Bunder and Dombivli, delayed trains by nearly half an hour during the morning peak hours.

At Sion, an unidentified man committed suicide by jumping from a slow train. “The driver of the following train had to apply the brakes immediately and operate the train at 10kmph till the next station. This resulted in bunching and further delays,” said Narendra Patil, chief public relation officer, CR.

Meanwhile, WR services ran behind schedule for two reasons – a point failure at Kandivili at 8am and a stray plastic bag that become entangled with the overhead power supply at Marine Lines, which forced WR officials to cut the power supply there briefly. These incidents delayed trains on WR by 10 to 15 minutes but no trains were cancelled, railway officials claimed.

“Our services are back to normal. There were delays because of a point failure and a plastic bag that got stuck in the overhead cables, but there were no major technical failures and no trains were cancelled,” said Shailendra Kumar, divisional railway manager, Mumbai division.

Commuters, who have faced frequent delays since the start of the monsoon, were less than impressed. “Of late, trains have been running late almost every day; only the reasons are different. CR trains have been behind schedule for over 10 days. Now they have even stopped making announcements,” said Sunita Desai a Thane resident.

* CR, WR lose Rs 20 crore in a week

* Tracks on both CR and WR were submerged in last week’s rains, which coincided with the high tide on Friday.

* Suburban and long-distance services on WR were stalled for several hours on Friday, while CR services came to a complete standstill.

* Thursday’s and Friday’s rains, and a fire in the route relay interlocking cabin at Itarsi station in Madhya Pradesh, resulted in a loss of Rs 20 crore for CR and WR.

* 96 long-distance CR trains have been cancelled since last Wednesday, because of the Itarasi fire and Mumbai rains, resulting in a loss of about Rs 10 crore. And since Friday morning, 1,400 suburban CR services have been cancelled, resulting in a loss of Rs 4 crore.

* WR has lost around Rs 3 crore from the cancellation of long-distance and freight trains, and another Rs 1 crore because of paralysed suburban services.

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