Showers hit services, thousands stranded 

Mumbai : Although the Railway officials were confident enough to face the forthcoming monsoon, they were unexpectedly but badly hit by the pre-monsoon showers on Wednesday evening that disrupted services of local train on the Central line. Thousands of commuters leaving CST were stranded for about 1 hour 35 minutes due to the problem.

There were technical glitches of overhead wires reported from Mahim, Airoli, Mumbra and Vikroli stations. The point failure between Ghatkopar and Vikroli at 8.15 pm resulted in the bunching of trains which had left CST. Although after 9.50 pm the motormen were allowed to run Karjat and Kasara bound trains at limited speed, some trains took 1 hour to cross a single station. More than 100 services were cancelled leaving from CST. The announcements at all the Central Railway stations appealed commuters to not panic. However, at all the main line stations thousands of commuters were stranded and many of them got down from the halting trains and walked through tracks covering distances.  The technical glitches at Mahim and Airoli were solved in 30 minutes disrupting services on the Western-harbour line and Trans-harbour (Thane-Vashi/Panvel) line respectively. Till 11 pm, the technical glitch at the Vikroli was not solved.

A motorman at Thane said that a transformer had burst in Mumbra and near Vikroli and after rainfall the problems were reported related to overhead wires. A passenger travelling from Mumbra to Dombivli said, “The train stopped suddenly in Mumbra and all lights and fans in the train stopped working. There was a lot of chaos in the train as there was complete darkness. I took one hour to reach Dombivli.”  Another passenger travelling towards Badlapur said, “Our train was stuck up in middle of Parsik tunnel for 40 minutes without fan and lights. Women and children were herd crying out of fear in darkness.” Looking at the railway’s pre-monsoon disruption, it seems that the Mumbaikars have to travel through technically hit trains and suffer the approaching monsoon too.

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