This is the fifth case in past 23 days where a coach has been derailed
Mumbai : Yet another derailment of local train along with a disruption of the over head wires proved to be a paining in the neck for the central railway commuters on Dussehra. The derailment of another coach at Kalyan is the fifth derailment reported on the Central Railway in past 23 days.
The trains did not bud an inch on the tracks with power in the over head wires switched off when a pantograph entanglement in the afternoon, while all the four lines were blocked when a coach derailed at Kalyan in the evening.
The pantograph of an Ambernath bound local got entangled with the overhead wires at Kurla station at 2 pm. The trains were pilled up one after the other despite diversions on the down fast line. Commuters stuck in the trains walked on track to reach the nearest station for their journey ahead. The power on that section was cut off for two hours from 2:02 pm to 3:53 pm for the restoration work of the wires was being carried out.
As the condition seemed to improve the services were once again hit when one of the coaches of a local train got off the tracks at near Kalyan at 5pm. On Friday, the seventh coach from the motorman’s cabin got off the rails blocking the movement on all the four line. It took the authorities another two hours to get the trains on tracks and the platform no, 1 and A-1 at Kalyan station had to be shut completely for it.
The impact of the disruptions was also evident on the long distance trains, which pass over the suburban tracks, and were seen running 25 minutes behind schedule.
Central Railway is dealing with fifth derailment in less than a month, which has raised several alarming questions over the maintenance of the tracks. General Manager of CR in a media interaction during the Swatchta Abhiyan on October 2 put the onus on cancellation of mega blocks over the past for the derailment as no maintenance work could be carried out.
Whereas the commuters on Western Railway heading back home were stuck in the local train during the wee hours on Friday. The trains departing from Churchgate were stuck as a signal on the down slow line failed. The slow trains were stuck for about 30 minutes while some other had to be diverted on the fast line. Senior PRO of WR said, “The problem was due to a signal failure towards Mahalakshmi but it was rectified in about 30 minutes.
The trains in the meanwhile were diverted on the fast line.” Sushil Bhattacharya (22), resident of Thane said, “The disruption have become a routine phenomenon on the CR especially. We have now become accustomed to being stuck in trains while just the cause varies. There needs to be some serious actions taken about the same by the concerned authorities before the some serious mishaps occur.”