Services on Central Railway (CR) near Kalyan have continuously been disrupted after 10 pm because of technical problems. The last disruption that occurred was on April 4 around 11.15pm between Kalyan and Dombivli because of a signal failure. The problem was rectified by 11.40pm. Train services, especially those running on the fast corridor towards Kalyan, took a hit.
“It took me 40 minutes to make the journey from Dombivli to Kalyan, which normally does not take more than nine minutes,” said Priyanka Shah, a daily commuter travelling to Ulhasnagar. CR sources said services were running late by nearly 30 minutes although no trains were cancelled.
However, authorities claim that it was a small problem. “It was not a big problem and services were fine the next day (on Tuesday),” said AK Singh, PRO, CR.
When a signal fails, it turns red and remains the same colour until the fault is repaired. Railway authorities run the trains manually at a restricted speed on the affected stretch.
“There is a lot of work going on near Kalyan which includes the conversion from 1,500-volt DC to 25,000-volt AC, repairing signals and cables,” said a CR official on condition of anonymity. Sources added that the DC-AC conversion work on the Kalyan-Diva stretch is causing a fluctuation in power supply.