Outstation and local train services have been getting delayed in the last few days due to a thick fog enveloping the city during the early morning.
The result – trains are getting delayed along both the Western and Central lines causing inconvenience to commuters. The problem is acute between 7am and 9.30am.
“We are forced to alter some timings due to the fog,” said AK Singh, public relations officer (PRO), Central Railways.
He said the problem along the central line was acute in the Kalyan-Kasara and Karjat belt, which sees a virtual loss of visibility for motormen.
He added that all outstation belts passing through this region were late an average of 10-15 minutes. Motormen have also been provided with speed restrictions due to the problem of visibility.
Similarly, Western Railway also sees late train arrivals due to a similar problem in the areas beyond Vasai. In case of heavy fog, even signals are not given and hence the entire schedule is disrupted.
However, no trains have been cancelled till date.
Commuters have expressed displeasure at the turn of events. “I have been reaching late to work as my train stops at Kalyan for at least half-an-hour,” said Mahi Sawla, who travels to Parel every morning to work from Karjat.
Meanwhile, regarding the temperatures in the city, although Santa Claus brought some warmth to the city during Christmas, expect colder weather during the New Year, said weathermen.
“My family and friends are planning an open air party at our farmhouse in Karjat, so I don’t want New Year’s Eve to be cold,” said Indraneel Sadadekar, a student.
“We expect the temperature to go down by New Year’s Eve, but still it depends on the northerly winds,” said RV Sharma, deputy director, IMD (western region).
The chill during the past few days forced Mumbaiites to bring out their warm clothes. “We are planning an in-house party as its very cold outside,” said Rayan Sian, who has come down with a cold after she celebrated Christmas at a beachside restaurant.
According to weathermen, the next 48 hours would see an average minimum temperature of 17 degree Celius.