Central Railway services ran behind schedule by at least 20 minutes after a flex sheet from an advertising billboard fell from the Hancock Bridge near Byculla and got entangled with the overhead wires.
This affected trains on the slow line going towards Dadar.
The sheet fell on the wire between Sandhurst Road and CST because of strong winds coupled with rains at 2.55 pm. The sheets were cleared from the overhead wires at 3.20 pm.
There was no cancellation of services, but there was bunching of trains, because those running on the slow line were diverted to the fast between Byculla and CST.
“Two trains were held up on the line and they were delayed by 20 minutes,” said chief PRO of Central Railway, S. Mudgerikar.
“The flex sheet was from an advertisement board outside railway property,” he added.
He added that the driver of the Sinhgad Express (to Pune) saw the flex sheet entangled with the wires when he was piloting his train on the fast line and informed the control room.
A power block was carried out on the slow line between CST and Byculla stations.
This is the third such incident on suburban lines in the last few days.
On Sunday, train services on CR were disrupted after there was a mudslide at Sandhurst Road station due to heavy rains.
Authorities have identified a 100-m stretch near Sandhurst Road station, which requires urgent repairs.
Similarly, train services on Western and Harbour lines were severely affected on July 26 after iron railings and part of a hawker’s stall on the public foot overbridge at Santacruz station were hanging close to the overhead equipment wires.
This happened due to lack of adequate maintenance.