A technical snag on the harbour line of Central Railway during the evening rush hour on Friday disrupted services for over an hour causing passengers travelling towards the eastern suburbs of the city to be stranded at stations, waiting for the trains to resume.
By 6.36 pm, 65 minutes after the trains from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station had stopped plying, the first trains for Panvel resumed, with the delay leading to over-crowding on board the trains for the rest of the evening. “A unit of a nine-coach train was defective,” said the chief public relations officer of Central Railway Narendra Patil.
Each harbour line train has three units. In this case, one of the three units malfunctioned causing the train to halt between Masjid Bunder and Sandhurst Road stations, blocking all the trains behind it. “We had made announcements at stations to take the mail line (central) towards Kurla and switch to harbour line from there,” said the PRO, adding that the CST-bound trains were on schedule.
By 7 pm, all the trains had started running smoothly, although they remained over-crowded. “Since it was a holiday, the passenger rush was less,” added the PRO.