The effects of a technical failure on Wednesday were continued to be felt by commuters Thursday when almost 50 train services were cancelled on the suburban lines. The temporary failure of a voltage-stabiliser led to multiple cancellations and delays of many train services. In the later hours of Wednesday evening, a technical failure at Vikhroli station within an electrical unit had led to halting of many trains across all four lines, including the mail express train. Almost 69 services were cancelled, which left commuters stranded or switch to other modes of transport to reach home.
Almost 50 trains were cancelled on the suburban lines Thursday post the technical failure at Vikhroli station. The repair work had continued until Wednesday midnight, after which services had resumed at a comparatively slower speed.
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“A failure in the stabiliser put up extra load on the electrical units across the stations, which resulted in signal failures and other issues. Though the problem was restored, many train services, which were held back, were slowly released after the problem was solved. This resulted in multiple cancellation of train services,” said Central Railway Public Relations Officer Narendra Patil.
Earlier, Subhash Gupta, chairperson of Railway Yatri Pratishad, had met Central Railway General Manger Sunil Kumar Sood to discuss the problems faced by passengers due to the cancellations. “We met the general manger to complain of the inconvenience caused to commuters last night. We have specifically asked him to bring changes with the signalling and announcement systems for facilitating better transport to commuters.” The Central Railway has witnessed an increase in problems after conversion to alternate current (AC) from direct current (DC) last year for the main line. The main reason for this is said to be extra heating of the system due to the extra current involved.
“The magnanimity of the problem last night is huge and unexpected. The system is facing problems due to extra load of electricity which is heating the system after the AC-DC conversion,” said a senior CR official. Eight special services were started from Thane to Kalyan, Asangaon and Karjat and Kasara Wednesday after the cancellation of the services. Trains services stopped were slowly resumed in the night.