Just a month after a fire at Kurla majorly affected services on Central Railway (CR) on April 19,another incident between Mankhurd and Govandi on the CR harbour line led to confusion for commuters on Sunday.
The incident occurred during a mega block between Kurla and Mankhurd as workers undertook the dismantling of an abandoned foot overbridge at Mankhurd. While the work was in progress,a crane tilted and damaged the overhead equipment,affecting both the Up and Down lines lines of the harbour line around 1.20 pm. The crane operator was injured after he fell on the tracks. He was admitted to Byculla Railway Hospital.
While the mega block had been announced between Kurla and Mankhurd on the Up and Down lines of the harbour line from 11 am-4 pm,the timing had to be rescheduled with repair works to the overhead equipment under way. The block was extended to 8 pm,said railway officials.
When contacted in the evening,a CR spokesperson said,Restoration work at the site is in progress and will be completed by around 8 pm. Therefore,shuttle services have now been introduced between Chembur-Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and on the Mankhurd-Panvel sections. This will ensure availability of services at all stations except Govandi. With frequency badly hit,commuters on the harbour line were a harried lot through the day.
A senior official said the crane appears to have tilted when it got over-loaded. It is the duty of supervisors to see how much debris and other material is being loaded on a crane. It is a matter of negligence, he said.