Western Railway (WR) suburban commuters had a harrowing time while travelling during morning peak hours on Wednesday. A sudden power failure near Andheri station caused disruption of rail services.
The power supply to the signalling system at Andheri station reportedly tripped at 9.20am on Wednesday and was restored at 9.44am. This affected rail services till late afternoon.
More than 20 services were cancelled and several trains were running almost half-an-hour late till afternoon on the WR Mumbai division. The commuters complained that the trains remained stuck for hours and were moving at a snail’s pace during morning peak hours. Several services were cancelled, affecting both slow and fast trains, and leading to overcrowding in trains and on platforms.
“The situation was miserable at Andheri stations. The platforms, foot over bridges and staircases were all overcrowded. At least three back-to-back trains were cancelled around 10am. Trains on the WR are anyway always overcrowded, and such power failures make things worse,” said Rajiv Shenoy, a resident of Andheri.
Apparently, the power supply to the signalling system suddenly stopped at 9.20am and all fast and slow trains came to a standstill for almost an hour. However, railway authorities are still not aware about the cause for such a sudden tripping.
While, they claim that the services were restored by 9.45am, commuters complained that they remained stuck in trains till almost one hour.
“My train was stuck near Khar for almost one hour around 9.30am. Even when it left it was moving at a snail’s pace. The railways should ensure commuters don’t suffer, they should have some back up,” said Rohit Jadhav, Elphinstone resident.
Slow services were diverted on the fast corridor between Vidyavihar and Matunga. Five services were cancelled and several trains were delayed.