Mumbai: The local train services on the main line were delayed by half hour as two wheels of a local train were derailed on Sunday afternoon. At least two wheels of the motorman coach of a Karjat-bound train were derailed in the afternoon. On Sunday, the incident took place between Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Masjid stations at 1:43pm. “The incident took place when the train was at least few meters away from the CSMT station. Due to this, the commuters were shifted to the railway platform,” said a central railway official.
Fortunately, there were no injuries to the passengers as the train was at the crossing point and running at the minimum speed. The derailment process took at least two hours which caused a delay in the local train services on the main line. “There were at least 60 passengers on the Karjat-bound train. As it was a holiday, at least four local train services were cancelled. There were no cancellations due to the derailment,” said the official.
The incident in the business capital comes just two days after 23 people lost their lives during stampede at Elphinstone railway station’s foot-over bridge. In August, six coaches of a suburban train had derailed near Mahim Station on the Harbour Line in Mumbai. In the same month, Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh, injuring over 80 people. On August 19, 14 coaches of Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli, Uttar Pradesh, killing 24 and injuring over 156 people.
On September 14, India and Japan jointly launched the bullet train project meant to connect Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The government has been facing ire for launching the project even as some sections of the population argue that condition of Indian Railways are not up to the mark.