Suburban services on the Central Railway (CR) were delayed by up to half an hour during the evening peak hours on Monday, after a crossing point near Thane station developed a technical snag.
This comes just a day after Sunday’s mega block, when CR undertook maintenance work between Thane and Kalyan.
A crossing point a few metres away from Thane station, towards Kalyan, developed a technical snag at around 5pm. It took more than half an hour to rectify the problem.
Due to the snag, a Karjat-bound semi-fast local was stuck at the crossing. As a result, except on the fast up line, movement of trains on all the other three lines of the main corridor came to a halt.
“The signal at the crossing point was not coming to the normal aspect,” said the CR spokesperson.
This also blocked all other suburban and outstation trains, resulting in bunching of trains in both directions. Passengers got off trains and walked on the tracks, as trains were stationary for a long time.
“There was a long queue of trains on the slow track till Bhandup,” said a commuter.
Though the CR spokesperson claimed that trains were running 15-20 minutes behind schedule, commuters said that suburban services were more than 30 minutes late.
Since the snag developed near the peak hour, this resulted in a big rush in trains and platforms.
“Till Bhandup, trains were moving properly, but after that they were travelling at snails pace. The train stopped after every 100 metres, and it took us 20 minutes more than usual to reach Thane from Ghatkopar,” said Nilesh Kamble, a commuter and resident of Ghodbandar.
Some long distance trains were also delayed.