It was yet another harrowing day for Central Railway (CR) suburban commuters, as thousands of them remained stranded in about 35 trains which were held up because of a unit defect in a Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)-bound train.
The 8.49am slow train from Thane remained stuck at Bhandup between 9am and 9.38am due to the brake binding, which resulted from unit defect in the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)-manufactured train.
As a result, most trains during the morning peak hours got delayed by 15-20minutes and around 35 trains remained stuck in the section.
Confirming the failure, a CR official said trains were delayed because of the brake binding incident, but there were no cancellations.
“As the incident occurred during the peak hours, the punctuality of trains was affected. There were no cancellations,” said the official, requesting anonymity.
Even though there were no cancellations, commuters complained about delays in the arrival of trains and chaos at stations.
“I had been waiting for a train since 9am at Vikhroli, which finally arrived at 9.30am. In the meantime, another train came, but it was packed to the rafters. I couldn’t board it,” said Vikhroli resident Sunil More.