There seems to be no relief for suburban train commuters.
After a fire at two signal cabins brought the Central Railway (CR) services to a halt last week, trains on both the Western and Central railways were once again disrupted on Monday.
Though a technical glitch on both lines was rectified within few minutes, the effect was observed for several hours.
On the Western Railway, trains were running 15-20 minutes late due to a point failure in Virar at 1pm. Meanwhile, a snag in the overhead wire between Shahad and Ambivli at 4pm disrupted services on the Central Railway.
“Few trains were running slow and were delayed by 15 minutes due to the point failure in Virar. The problem was corrected by 1.15pm,” said CNK David, public relations officer, WR AK Singh, PRO, CR, said the problem in the overhead wire was rectified by 4.35pm, which resulted in trains running 20 minutes late.
Although the authorities claimed the disruption lasted only a few minutes, commuters aren’t happy with the constant problems. “The disruption on CR is becoming a daily thing. They don’t carry out any maintenance work during the mega block and then say the problem is due to a technical snag. Most of the times the issue come up at the stretch that has been kept blocked for maintenance,” said Shilpa Raut, 27, Thane resident and a teacher by profession.