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Wall along Sandhurst Rd station cracks, services hit

A major disaster was averted on Central Railway as a boundary wall adjacent to the slow line near Sandhurst Road station developed cracks, leading to a mudslide.

mumbai Updated: Aug 02, 2010 01:03 IST
HT Correspondent

A major disaster was averted on Central Railway as a boundary wall adjacent to the slow line near Sandhurst Road station developed cracks, leading to a mudslide.

As the debris spilled on to the track, services on the slow track between Sandhurst Road and Byculla were suspended throughout the day.

The railways pressed into service more than 200 engineering staff and 10 wagons to clear the debris. The structure too was completely demolished.

“Cracks were noticed on the boundary wall adjacent to the slow line near Sandhurst Road station at 5.50 am. Senior Central Railway officials rushed to the spot,” said S.C. Mudgerikar, Central Railway’s chief spokesperson.

The work continued throughout on Sunday late into the night. All slow trains were diverted on the fast track.

Sources said the railway line is beside a raised ground and the soil underneath the wall constructed by the railways had become loose, leading to the accident.

A railway press note stated that construction work was being carried out adjacent to the railway boundary area without informing the railway authorities or seeking permission from the railways.

The unauthorised construction activity had weakened the boundary wall.

“As a precautionary measure, we have decided to remove 10 m of the wall on Sunday itself so as to ensure normal train services from Monday. Train movement on slow line between CST and Byculla was diverted on the fast line. The routine mega block was cancelled as a result of this work," he added.

“Around 200 engineering staff was pressed into service. Ten railway wagons were then utilised to load the debris material and civic authorities and MHADA were informed about the incident as the boundary separates railway area from the municipal area," he added.

The railways said they would build a new wall with deeper foundation so that it is not prone to such mishaps.