Following derailment of the engine of Hazrat Nizamuddin-Pune Duronto Express near Monkey Hill close to Khandala,railway traffic on the Pune-Mumbai route affected for over four hours. The accident and resulting delays caused inconvenience to Delhi-bound passengers and those commuting between Pune and Mumbai.
According to Central Railway officials,Nizamuddin-Pune Duronto scheduled to reach Pune station at 7 am was delayed and it reached the station at 12.40 pm.
The engine of Nizamuddin-Pune Duronto Express 12264 derailed near Thakurwadi and Monkey Hill at 6.08 am. The reason for the derailment was apparently a boulder that had fallen close to the tracks. An engine arrived from Mumbai in a couple of hours and hauled the engine back on track. The train resumed its journey to Pune at 10.35 am. No injury was reported from any of the passengers as the train was moving at slow speed as it always does in the Ghat sections, said a public relations officer with Central Railway.
Due to the accident,three services on Mumbai-Pune route were affected. According to Sunil Kamthan,station manager at Pune Station,Mumbai-Pune Intercity Train arrived 40 minutes later than scheduled,Mumbai-Bangalore Udyan Express arrived at Pune station 25 minutes late. Deccan Queen which usually departs at 7.15 am from Pune,was delayed by 40 minutes.
As a result of this UP train Pune-Hazrat Nizamuddin 12263 was delayed by over eight hours.The train supposed to depart from Pune Station at 11.10 am left at 7.50 pm, said Kamthan.
Anita Bhaduri,a passenger,said,I was caught completely unawares when I reached the station in the morning. I saw on the notice board that the train was delayed by eight hours. I was left with no option than return home in Dhankawdi.
A railway staffer in charge of monitoring the waiting rooms at Pune station said scores of passengers had turned up around 11 am unaware of the change in schedule. They returned after notices were put up, he said.
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