With autorickshaw drivers on strike on Monday, most commuters turned to the railways to reach their destinations. However, passengers on the Harbour line faced more problems as the train services were also disrupted.
About 25 trains were cancelled and all trains were running half-an-hour late during the morning peak hours due to a technical snag in the overhead wire at Wadala.
Around 9am, the pantograph of a Panvel-Wadala Road local entangled with the overhead wires. “The fault was corrected in the morning by 9.50am. About 25 locals were cancelled till afternoon and some more were expected to be cancelled in the evening,” said VA Malegaonkar, chief public relation officer.
The delayed services resulted in bunching of trains — two services were diverted via main line and six locals were locked up between Wadala Road and Kurla.
“The train was stuck for more than 30 minutes between Wadala and GTB Nagar. We were clueless as there were no announcements and many commuters started walking on the tracks,” said Kinjal Satia, 23, a Sion resident.
Disruptions were also experienced on the main line suburban section. The situation was worse on the Andheri-CST line. “Almost every alternate Andheri and Bandra trains were cancelled.I had to leave three trains at Wadala before I finally I took cab to Bandra,” said Smita Lula, 37, a housewife from Bandra.