Railway shutdown: CR 16 hours, Western Railways zero hours

Mumbai: Suburban train services went off the track for the second consecutive day due to heavy rains, which flooded Central and Western Railways tracks. Since Monday night, CR had suspended its services until 4.30 pm due to waterlogging on railway tracks, causing inconvenience to commuters travelling on main line. But on the other hand, WR managed to run local trains before the scheduled time on Tuesday morning.Questions was raised by commuters and passenger associations as to why every year during the monsoon CR failed to keep its promise, as a result of which they have to face a problem.Waterlogging at Thane, Mulund, Kurla and Sion stations started late on Monday night due to heavy rainfall. On the Harbour line, around 4 am, the Tilak Nagar nullah began overflowing, flooding tracks and the Tilak Nagar Station premises. Railway tracks were flooded at Kurla station too.

While no trains were being run between Thane and CSMT, trains between Kalyan and Thane were severely delayed. There were no trains to Thane for nearly an hour.Sunil Udasi, CPRO, CR, said things went out of control due to the unexpected heavy rain from Monday night. But for the safety of commuters, services were cancelled. “After 10.30 pm on July 1, there was sudden and very heavy downpour recording unprecedented rainfall of nearly 400 mm in 24 hours combined with high tide leading to waterlogging in Kurla-Thane section of CR.

In spite all odds, CR continued its services till late at night to ensure most of our commuters reached back home safely,” said Udasi.Ravinder Bhakar, CPRO, WR, said various pre-monsoon works such as installation of Automatic Rain Gauges at stations, lifting of rail tracks, drone survey of whole area to ascertain flow of storm water, building three new underground drains through micro tunnelling, cleaning of culverts and side drains, deployment of suction/desludging machines, etc, helped in keeping the water level on tracks from 100 to 200 mm on all lines.“Despite heavy rainfall in such a short span, suburban trains were running though at a restricted speed for safety. The meticulous planning along with timely ground works and including intense cleaning of culverts and drains ensured that water levels on the tracks were at manageable levels,” added Bhakar.

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