Mumbai

Rail fracture hampers Harbour Line services

Causes 20-minute delay in peak hour

Harbour Line services were affected for the second day running because of a rail fracture between Chembur and Tilak Nagar at 7.58 a.m. on Thursday.

The problem was rectified and traffic was restored by 8.26 a.m., but its impact was felt on the morning peak hour services, which were running around 20 minutes late on average.

On Wednesday, the Harbour Line services were thrown out of gear after a local train developed a snag near Sewri station. On Thursday, several trains going to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) were held up before Chembur station. The impact was particularly severe in Kurla, where there were no services for nearly an hour, leading to large crowds being stranded at the station.

The snag led to bunching of local trains, which could not proceed beyond Chembur. It had a cascading effect on the entire corridor. Service ran late through the morning peak hours and were around 10 minutes late until 2 p.m.

Commuters slammed the Central Railway (CR) on social media for the repeated technical faults that were cropping up on the Harbour Line.

There was a minor landslide between Kasara and Igatpuri on the Down Line (towards Igatpuri) on Thursday morning as loose wet soil blocked a section of tracks in the ghats. CR officials said that the Up Line (towards CSMT) and a middle line were functional and there was no impact on long-distance passenger trains leaving the city.

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