The nightmare for thousands of Mumbaikars continued as the strike by motormen crippled the city for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, resulting in huge traffic jams and forcing many to remain indoors.
Railway authorities said only 20 per cent suburban trains were operating as a result of the stir by motormen demanding hike in pay scales and allowances.
"The situation in the city is getting worse. The government should immediately take step in to resolve the matter. Its pathetic," said furious Ramesh Bhoga (27), an accounts manager with a private firm in Andheri.
"I could not go to office today due to this strike. Last night while returning home, I had to face lot of problem," said Bhoga, resident of Worli in Central Mumbai.
Like Bhoga most of Mumbaikars remained indoors and did not step out of the house unless and until they had very important work.
"Severe action should be taken against motormen," said Balakrishna Lingal (28), a senior executive in a private firm at suburban Bandra.
"I know many people who walked for 15 to 20 km to reach their destinations yesterday. Today I reached my office in a taxi but the roads were clogged due to huge traffic jams," he said.
The traffic police made extra deployment on the city roads to control the traffic and maintain a smooth flow on the roads, particularly on Western and Eastern Express Highways, after many trains got cancelled and commuters opted for road transport.
"As per norms only three passengers are allowed in a taxi but we are taking no action against taxi drivers exceeding the limit viewing the train strike," said a traffic cop at Worli.
"Let the situation come under control. We are now fully concentrating on controlling the traffic," he said.
With suburban trains running late, the stations were seen crowded with commuters awaiting trains.