The tall claims made by the Konkan Railway were washed away in the heavy rain that lashed the state on Sunday, disrupting services on the 760-km-long stretch for more than 16 hours.
Mud and boulders fell on tracks on Sunday and blocked the route at Talgaon between Sindhudurg and Kudal, following which the Konkan Railway cancelled, diverted and terminated trains running from Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and New Delhi.
This led to cancellation of five trains, diversion and short-termination of a few others on this stretch. The engineers visited the affected site; workers and requisite machinery were also brought in to clear the mess, Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) officials said on Sunday.
“We managed to repair this section by 4.50pm, following which services on this stretch resumed. There was a flood like situation at Kankavli, which was earlier affected by rain,” said S Telugu, chief PRO, Konkan Railway. The stranded passengers were provided snacks, drinking water and portage facilities, a KRCL official said.
The Konkan Railway services were earlier disrupted for more than 24 hours in June on the Ratnagiri-Nivsar section due to heavy rain.
This even after the KRCL claimed that they had spent around Rs25 crore on geo-safety work such as putting steel fence on the hills to prevent boulders from collapsing on the tracks and building retention walls along the tracks on the entire stretch.
The KRCL hired about 76 buses for stranded passengers between Sindhudurg and Kudal as well between Ratnagiri to Goa and transshipped about 3,000 passengers. Passengers were taken to the respective stations from where they were made to board another train.
Adding to the monsoon mayhem, the Mumbai-Goa National Highway too remained severely affected due to heavy rainfall on Sunday, reporting heavy waterlogging leading to traffic jams. Several areas starting from Sion right up to Vadkal — the place that connects Alibaug — also saw heavy traffic jams.
“The roads on the Mumbai-Goa Highway 17 need to be repaired on an urgent basis. Or else traffic movement will be severely hit,” said Chandrakant Mokal, president, All India Passengers Association.