Slowdown: Trains,flights delayed; snarls on roads

Torrential rainfall severely hit transportation Monday with waterlogging reported on railway tracks as well as roads.

Written by Express News Service | Published: June 11, 2013 3:25 am

Torrential rainfall severely hit transportation Monday with waterlogging reported on railway tracks as well as roads. On Central Railway,117 services were cancelled till 5 pm as tracks at Masjid,Ghatkopar,Bhandup and Thane were waterlogged. On Western Railway,waterlogging at Andheri,Jogeshwari and Bandra resulted in cancellation of 15 services.

Flights were running 15-20 minutes late though services were normalised by evening,said MIAL spokesperson.

Road transport was hit with severe flooding reported at Hindmata Cinema,Sainath in Malad,Dahisar subway,MIDC Andheri,LBS Road and Elphinstone railway station,a BEST officer said. Eleven bus routes,including AC services,were diverted.

A locomotive failure near Diva from 5.45 am to 7.20 am,signal failure due to waterlogging at Kalyan between 6 am and 9 am and a point failure near Thane from 1 pm to 2 pm resulted in delays and bunching of services on CR. A K Singh,public relations officer (CR),said,“Due to locomotive failure in Konkan Kanya Express near Diva Up fast line,services were diverted on Up slow line between Diva and Thane stations. Due to this,services on main line were running 20 to 25 minutes late.”

Commuters,however,said many trains were over an hour late. “It took me two hours to travel from Dombivali to Byculla in a fast train,” said a commuter.

Bunching of services on the main line also resulted in severe delays on Harbour line between Sandhurst Road and Masjid.

Mukesh Nigam,divisional railway manager,CR said,“We tried our best to keep cancellations to a minimum. At stations like Ghatkopar,water from outside reportedly caused waterlogging.”

On WR,services were reported to be running with a delay of 10 to 30 minutes. A senior WR official said,“Piles of debris resulted in waterlogging near Andheri and Jogeshwari. Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation,which has undertaken some construction work,has been asked to removed the debris.”

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