Friday's heavy rain threw train services out of gear on affecting millions of Mumbaiites rushing to work.
On the central line, services were running late by 45 minutes, both on the main and the harbour lines, after tracks got flooded at several spots. Services on the western line were delayed by 30 minutes, mainly because a nullah overflowed at Bandra-Khar and flooded the tracks. "The heavy rain caused water-logging. We had to cancel 70 services," said V Malegaonkar, chief PRO, Central Railway (CR).
There was water-logging on the tracks at several stations, including Ghatkopar, Kurla, Vidyavihar, Sion, Mankhurd and Chunabhatti. "We kept water pumps at 33 locations, but the nullah overflowed at Kurla and there was too much water to be pumped out," said a CR official, on condition of anonymity.
CR officials said trains were also delayed because a speed restriction of 15 kmph was imposed. Trains were also not allowed to change tracks to avoid risk of derailment.
"The CR has been claiming that it cleaned all the nullahs and culverts along the tracks. But it doesn't seem to be the case," said Madhu Kotian, member, Mumbai Rail Pravasi Sangh.
Commuters from beyond Kalyan complained that the trains from CST were running very late. "We waited at the station for nearly an hour," said Saurabh Ingle, a resident of Badlapur who travels to CST everyday for work.
The Western Railway (WR) cancelled 24 services, but officially maintained that no services were cancelled. "Services were running late, but were not cancelled. A problem at Bandra, was rectified quickly," said S Chandrayan, chief PRO, WR.