The bandh did not interfere with Mumbai’s train and bus services that ran efficiently except for a few disruptions. With only 30 per cent commuters on trains, those who did venture out of home were in for a treat because they had enough room to travel with their feet up.
Lifeline chugs along Services along the Western Railway (WR) ran normally barring a few rail roko attempts by protestors who blocked tracks with tyres.
Protestors at Borivli station climbed on the roof of a train and tried pulling commuters out of compartments. Commuters pulled the chain to stop a Borivli-Churchgate train after some people were seen pouring a “suspicious liquid” on a seat of a first class coach. A bottle, suspected to be acid, was also found in the coach.
Glass panes of the booking window at Santacruz were shattered. Services were disrupted at Grant Road. There were no cancellations, only a few delays. “We had called additional motormen and guards arranged for them to stay overnight at rest rooms at Churchgate so that services were not affected,” said S.S. Gupta, WR chief spokesperson.
Services on the Central Railway (CR) were affected due to protests at Thane. A few outstation trains coming to Mumbai were halted. CR cancelled the Mumbai-Howrah Duronto Express.
175 BEST buses damaged The BEST did not ply its entire fleet of 4,600 buses. “We operated 500 buses. Air-conditioned buses were not taken out because we felt it was not necessary to risk these costly buses,” BEST General Manager O.P. Gupta said.
Protestors damaged at least 175 BEST buses across the city by pelting stones. “The estimated loss is Rs 3 lakh,” BEST spokesperson A.S. Tamboli said. “In the morning, 2,774 buses were on the roads but by afternoon only 30 per cent of our fleet was operating. Two conductors, seven drivers and one inspector were injured.”
Taxis, autos stay off the roads Taxis and autorickshaws remained off roads. “There was an incident in the morning after which all the autos stopped plying,” Tambi Kurian, general secretary of Mumbai Automen’s Union, said. Private cabs also stayed away. Rajesh Puri, chief executive officer of Meru Cabs, said, “We incurred a loss of approximately Rs 25 lakh.”
RR does a Rahul Gandhi State Home Minister RR Patil did a Rahul Gandhi on Monday afternoon.
Patil met the station manager at Churchgate station and enquired about the train schedule. At 4 pm, he hopped on a train and interacted with the commuters. “Commuters told me they have been affected by the fuel price rise,” said Patil, after getting off at Marine Lines station.