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Western Railway services were resumed shortly after the derailed coach was put back on track Tuesday morning. The ‘slow train’ services from Bandra to Churchgate resumed after the line was cleared.
The Western line train services were affected for about four hours after an empty coach derailed between Lower Parel and Elphinstone Road station during shunting on the down local line toward Virar.
Services on both – up and down – slow lines between Bandra and Churchgate were affected.
“Suburban train traffic on Western Railway’s slow corridor, which was disrupted due to derailment of one coach at Lower Parel station, has been fully restored at about 11 am and now western trains are running smoothly on all four lines,” a Western Railway official said.
Rail traffic from Mahim station was moved on to the fast lines till the restoration work could be completed. Owing to this, many train services were either cancelled or delayed leaving many commuters stranded and forcing others to use another mode of transport.
Rikin Gogri, a commuter travelling from Malad said, ” The 8.05 am local from Malad station reached Khar station only after an hour. The trains are really going slow. Office crowd has been really affected due to this.”
Swathi Kini who was travelling to Khar from Matunga Road Station said, ” I reached Matunga Road station at 7 am as I was unaware of the situation. There were no trains on the slow line at all towards Churchgate station. After waiting for long, I had to take a cab to reach office which further made me late.”
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted this morning, directing Western Railway officials to take swift action towards restoration.
MumbaiWR,Directed GM,restore traffic ASAP.Action against officers http://t.co/miCIK6TJ2a on war footing. One line start.Monitoring from HYD
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) May 31, 2016
An inquiry has been ordered into the derailment.