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Panvel route surprise for commuters

While the heavy rain in Mumbai and Pune posed a problem to the rail traffic between the two cities on one hand, the daily commuters between the cities were in for a surprise on Wednesday.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
July 16, 2009 3:04:35 am

While the heavy rain in Mumbai and Pune posed a problem to the rail traffic between the two cities on one hand, the daily commuters between the cities were in for a surprise on Wednesday. The Mumbai-bound trains were taken via Panvel instead of Kalyan,which actually has been a long-pending demand of commuters as it saves 20 to 25 minutes!

“Though the rail services between Pune and Mumbai were hit on Wednesday after a crack was detected on the tracks at Kalyan,commuters were happy for a different reason — all the Mumbai-bound trains were diverted via Panvel instead of Kalyan,the regular route. This has happened for the first time. Commuters have been demanding Panvel route instead of Kalyan for years,which the railway authorities have been refusing to comply with,citing technical reasons,” said Hemant Tapale,president of Pune-Mumbai Rail Pravasi Sangh.

“We have been demanding this as it saves no less than 20 minutes,which means we can reach our offices before 10 am. If trains could be diverted via Panvel,in case of emergency as it happened on Wednesday,the railway authorities had been needlessly citing technical reasons for not being able to follow that route. This has happened for the first time and we want to follow up the matter more seriously in future as well.”

Meanwhile,due to incessant rain in Mumbai,the Central Railway had to terminate as well as reschedule some of the trains. The Pune-CST Deccan Express was rescheduled while the Kolhapur-CST Sahyadri Express was terminated at Lonavala. The Pune-Mumbai Sinhagad Express was terminated at Vangani.

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