A mudslide on the Konkan Railway affected thousands of passengers on Monday.
The problem occurred at Pomendi area on the Ratnagiri-Nivsar stretch at around 8.30am, which has remained a vulnerable location for Konkan Railway.
Outstation train services, which also included special trains run by the Konkan and Central Railway for the Ganpati festival, were affected by the mudslide.
The loose red soil drifted onto the tracks because of the heavy rains in the Konkan region for the last couple of days.
“The retaining wall, which prevents the soil from falling on tracks, collapsed because of the rain,” said S Telugu, chief PRO, Konkan Railway. The trains were diverted on Panvel, Pune, Miraj and Londa line.
Suburban trains on the fast corridor were also affected during the day. Sources said long distance trains going to Konkan usually ply on the main line and are diverted from Thane onto Panvel and further.
Outstation trains were struggling to proceed because of the mudslide, thereby affecting suburban trains by around 10 minutes.
Officials, however, deny this theory. “There is no connection between the delay in suburban trains on the fast line and the mudslide at Pomendi,” said V Malegaonkar, chief PRO, Central Railway.
The officials believe that the long distance trains had crossed the suburban section and that there was technical failure on the tracks at Thane because of rain in the morning, which led to delay in service.
The problem was finally resolved at 7pm and the first train, Rajyarani Express, was operated on this section.