More rainfall on Tuesday and the breaking down of overhead equipment led to snags on Central Railway, causing delays and cancellation of services on both the Main and Harbour lines.
Although immediate restoration work of the overhead wire at Dadar was undertaken, trains remained stranded and commuters were seen walking on the tracks. Fifty-five train services were cancelled on Tuesday.
“Due to a technical problem the overhead wire broke at Dadar railway station on Tuesday morning affecting services. The overhead wire broke on the Up line at Dadar, on platform number three, around 7.12 am. Trains were diverted on the fast line between Matunga and Vidyavihar from 7.15 hrs to 9.25 hrs. Trains were running 20 -25 minutes behind schedule,” said a spokesperson for the Central Railway. “Similarly, train services were affected on the Harbour line, causing a delay of 15-20 minutes,” said the official.
“I usually take 7.29 am slow from Dombivali, but due to this technical problem I had to walk from Sion to Dadar as all trains were queued up until Dadar,” said Shrikant Tiwary, a commuter.
Western Railway had to break wall to check station flooding
The Western Railway last week had to break a portion of a boundary wall near the Elphinstone Road railway station to allow water to drain out after record rainfall caused waterlogging. The June 20 showers affected train services between Churchgate and Dadar stations.
“We were able to run trains only between Andheri and Virar for major part of that day. Around 335 services were totally cancelled and 564 partially. Vulnerable areas like Elphinstone Road and Matunga Road were waterlogged. We had to break a wall at Elphinstone Road station, which was made to prevent railway track crossing,” said a senior Western Railway official.