Mumbai: Local train services were disrupted on harbour line on Monday morning, with trains running more than 15 minutes behind schedule. Yet again, commuters were left stranded and harried during peak hours. A senior railway official said, “Due to some technical issue, the services were disrupted for 20 minutes resulting in bunching of trains, leading to delay in other local services.”
The harbour line ferries an average of 10 lakh commuters every day and provides connectivity to the eastern suburbs and Navi Mumbai, was disrupted after a technical snag was reported at Rawli around 7.25am. Immediately after the technical snag, numerous trains were stuck one behind the other, like chock-a-block traffic on the road. “The engineers were sent to the spot to rectify the problem. Around 8.06 am the problem was rectified and all services began running as per schedule,” official said.
The disruption was during morning peak hours and huge crowds began spilling on the platforms of harbour line. Sachin Kashikedar, a Navi Mumbai commuter, said at least for 15 minutes his train got stuck before reaching Chembur station. “This was an unexpected delay and I immediately dropped a text message to my boss and told him due to bunching of trains I will be late for the office.
Luckily I received a positive response from him,” said Kashikedar. He was happy the railway authorities tried to resume the train services at the earliest. A woman commuter lamented the delay led to chaos at Belapur station since all the trains were waiting. “We face many problems once the trains get delayed during peak hours. Our entire day’s schedule is disturbed,” she said.