Friday morning was not a happy one for commuters as peak hour services were affected on Western Railway.
Trains were running late by 20 minutes after an overhead equipment cable snapped at Santacruz.
The cable snapped at 10.50 am when the train was between Khar and Santacruz. An overhead equipment vehicle was called for immediate repair work and the train had to be cancelled.
“The repair was complete by 12.20 pm and services resumed normally,” said WR PRO Nitin David. This is the fourth such incident in one month on WR.
This though had a cascading affect as more than six trains were cancelled.
During this one-and-half hour period, stations and trains were crowded, especially between Andheri and Dadar.
“I was not able to enter trains as it was too crowded even at 11.30 am. Even a Dadar-bound fast train I caught was jam-packed without an inch to move,” said Surendra Singh, who boarded a train at Andheri.
All trains on the fast line towards Borivli were diverted on the slow tracks after Mahim as work was underway.
On April 11, the WR had carried out maintenance work of signaling and overhead equipment cables during a five-hour jumbo block between Santacruz and Goregaon.
In March, a cable got damaged and train services were affected between Santacruz and Goregaon on the fast line towards Churchgate.
The WR had to halt services on both the fast lines towards Churchgate and Virar and divert the trains on slow tracks from Santacruz. They were brought back on the fast line at Goregaon.
Earlier this week, services on Central Railway were disrupted between Thane and Mulund after the wire supplying power to trains got damaged.