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WR commuters stranded during morning peak hours

Ten trains on the Western Railway (WR) route were cancelled as a Borivli-bound slow train reportedly overshot a signal at Bandra station around 9am. The disruption left thousands of commuters stuck during the peak hour rush.

mumbai Updated: Jan 24, 2012 00:54 IST
Prajakta Chavan

Ten trains on the Western Railway (WR) route were cancelled as a Borivli-bound slow train reportedly overshot a signal at Bandra station around 9am. The disruption left thousands of commuters stuck during the peak hour rush.

Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relations officer, said: "We suspect that a Borivli-bound train overshot a signal at Bandra station leading to the problem."

Though the safety system brought the train to a halt, it resulted in bunching of trains that followed. Consequently, the commuters were stuck for more than 30 minutes.

Suburban services from Bombay Central to Bandra were diverted on the fast corridor.

"Damage-control measures were taken in time. The stranded trains on slow track were diverted to the fast corridor. Some special trains were run on the fast line too. We will investigate into the incident," said Chandrayan.

The commuters, however, had a harrowing time. "It took me 30 minutes to reach from Dadar to Mahim by train. The train continued to move at a snail's pace. I got delayed for work by almost an hour," said Dinesh Taurabe, 46, a Dadar resident.

Owing to the crowd, many commuters couldn't alight at the desired station.

"The train was so crowded that I couldn't alight at Andheri station. As I had boarded a fast train, the next station was Borivli. I had to take another train from there to reach Andheri," said Jitesh Girnekar, 25, an engineering student.

With no trains in sight for more than 30 minutes, the platforms too were crowded.

A case in point could be engineering student Umesh Naram who was stuck on the Dadar foot overbridge for a long time. "The wait to get off the FOB seemed never-ending. It was difficult to even move an inch," said Naram.

Taking advantage of the situation, taxi and auto drivers fleeced passengers. "I paid Rs300 to reach Bandra from Santacruz by auto," said Danish Soni, 20, a Govandi resident.

"The auto drivers were unwilling to budge as they knew that everyone was in a hurry to reach office," he said.