Sunday was not a good day for suburban commuters. While Central Railway users suffered because of a mega block, those on the Western Railway had to put up with delayed services. Two pantographs of a Churchgate-bound train got entangled with the overhead wires between Virar and Nallasopara, snapping them.
Pantographs are equipment used to draw power for trains. The incident took place around 3.30pm, delaying suburban services for at least 20-30 minutes. Some trains had to be diverted and even cancelled.
Outstation passengers also suffered as long distance-trains were held up because of the problem.
WR sources said though the overhead wire for only the south-bound track snapped, they closed the north-bound track as well, as the wire had fallen down.
According to sources, it took almost two hours for WR to restore services. The railway, however, sought to downplay the problem, claiming services on both tracks were restored around 4.37pm.
“One train had a problem with the pantograph on the fast line. No other locals were affected,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relation officer of WR.
Passengers, however, said suburban services were badly hit.
“There was hardly any space inside the trains. They were so crowded that boarding was a challenge,” said Vishal Dhage, a Vasai resident.
The WR had not imposed a mega block on Sunday, as the railway had conducted it on the fast track between Borivli and Bhayander on the night between April 25 and April 26.