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After rain-hit weekend, CR services limp back to normalcy

Police and volunteers help a commuter who fell sick on an extremely crowded suburban train at Thane station after normal services resumed on Monday.

Police and volunteers help a commuter who fell sick on an extremely crowded suburban train at Thane station after normal services resumed on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Vibhav Birwatkar

Rail authorities fight against time, nature to make affected sections operational

Central Railway (CR) services — thrown out of gear by heavy rain in satellite towns over the weekend — resumed operations on nearly all the sections on Monday, providing relief to several commuters. Services remained suspended on the Badlapur-Karjat section, however, and may well remain affected on Tuesday too as work to restore the section could not be completed.

The section was badly hit after flood water washed away soil from under the tracks at several places such as Shelu, Neral and Vangini.

Long-distance passenger trains to Pune remained cancelled on Monday as all three lines on the ghat section were badly affected due to multiple instances of boulder collapses and mudslides.

Teams at work

Chief public relations officer, CR, Sunil Udasi said dedicated teams were working round-the-clock at each site to ensure that the services resumed on the Badlapur-Karjat section and the ghat section was operationalised. Mr. Udasi said CR will run shuttle services between Karjat and Panvel as on Monday to provide some relief to people living between Badlapur and Karjat.

“There are 12 sites where work is being undertaken, three on the Badlapur-Karjat section and nine on the ghat section. We are aiming to complete work on 11 of these sites by Tuesday,” Mr. Udasi, said. The toughest site, according to Mr. Udasi, was on the Up line on the ghat section, where an overflowing stream has resulting in water flowing over the tracks instead of along it.

Nearly nine long-distance trains on Konkan Railway, including the Mumbai-Madgaon Shatabdi, had to be cancelled on Monday as work to restore tracks continued between Apta and Jite, where a mudslide occurred on Sunday. While one line was made operational by Sunday evening, the second was operational by 9.25 p.m. on Monday.

Stranded people are rescued by the Thane Municipal Corporation and disaster management authorities in Diva on Monday.

Stranded people are rescued by the Thane Municipal Corporation and disaster management authorities in Diva on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Vibhav Birwatkar

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