WR services delayed as trains reduce speed
With an aim to reduce the number of mishaps, the Western Railway (WR) administration recently asked motormen to reduce the speed of trains. But the move has compounded the problems of commuters.mumbai Updated: Sep 30, 2010 00:46 IST
With an aim to reduce the number of mishaps, the Western Railway (WR) administration recently asked motormen to reduce the speed of trains. But the move has compounded the problems of commuters.
More than 40 trains have been cancelled in the past three days, leaving commuters with no option but to travel in overcrowded trains. The order has also delayed services with most trains running late by about 15 minutes.
Normally, trains are run at an average speed of 45 kmph, and at times they even touch 60 kmph in case the train is running on the fast line. However, the circular by the administration asks the motormen to curtail their speed to less than 35 kmph when the signals turn yellow and while entering any platform. Additionally, the trains shouldn’t cross the speed of 10 kmph at the time of entering a terminal platform having buffers.
Although, GR Pillai, divisional railway manager, WR, agreed that the motormen had been asked to run trains at a safe speed, he said it was not the only reason for the delay. “There are several reasons behind cancellations and delays and all cannot be attributed to the current circular,” he said.
Pillai said 12 trains were cancelled on Tuesday and 14 on Wednesday due to various reasons such as signal failures, fluctuation and tripping of power.
On Tuesday, services were hit between Mumbai Central and Vile Parle during the evening peak hours due to three consecutive power trips at 5.26pm, 5.45pm and 5.48pm. Also, a tree fell near Virar station, further affecting the train services.
On Wednesday morning, peak-hour services at Borivli were hit due to theft of cables connecting the signals.
But sources in WR said 70 trains were cancelled in the past three days. “There are several instructions given to motormen including restriction on the speed. This is delaying train services by 30 minutes,” said Kailash Verma, general secretary, Railway Passenger.
On September 26, a Virar-Dahanu shuttle service dashed against the buffer around 11am, and the administration decided to make the situation more stringent and asked them to follow the circular seriously.