Mumbai: Woes for commuters on Central Railways continue yet again. Right at the peak hour on Monday evening, a fire broke out in the slums at the LCC compound, located at Dana Bunder area near Ashok hotel between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Masjid railway station.
This is adjacent to the seventh railway line. The blaze led to suspension of Central Railway services on up and down lines during the peak hours leaving lakhs of commuters stranded. Long distance services were affected.
According to Chief Fire Officer, Prabhat Rahangdale, “It was a level three fire. The fire brigade officials received a call at 6:07 p.m. Within eight minutes, twelve fire tenders reached the spot. 8 water tankers doused the fire. It was declared as a Level III fire, signifying high intensity, by 6:22 p.m. The fire was brought under control in an hour.”
This led to anger among the people wanting to get back to their homes in time. Irate commuters demanded answers of the time within which the train services would be restored. “The crowd management was an issue. The Mumbai police helped us with that. The slum area was very congested. The fire has been confined to 15 to 20 hutments in the compound,” added Rahangdale.
According to A.K. Jain, Senior Public Relations Officer, Central Railway said, “All fast line services were suspended from 6:13 p.m. till 6:58 p.m. Services on the fast line resumed after 6:58 p.m. after the fire in the nearby slums was brought under control.”
Commuters were left stranded at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Byculla, Dadar, Ghatkopar, Mulund and Andheri.
At least six children were injured and admitted in the casualty centre at the Jamshetjee Jeejebhoy hospital. Many commuters were forced to travel via Western railway and take different alternative routes and modes of transport like the taxis and buses to get to their destination. While several local trains services were cancelled, others moved in and out slowly and certain long-distance trains awaiting departure were delayed on Mumbai’s local trains, which caters to over eight million commuters daily.