Road, rail, air transport hit for second day

Near miss: A Rajdhani Express has a narrow escape from a mudslide between Apte and Jite.

Near miss: A Rajdhani Express has a narrow escape from a mudslide between Apte and Jite.   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

Trains between Thane, CSMT suspended for 12 hours; BEST runs fewer buses; several flights cancelled

Central Railway (CR) bore the brunt of the rains for the second day in a row on Sunday as services across the Central Line and major sections of the Harbour Line were hit due to waterlogging, while suburban services beyond Badlapur were cancelled for Monday.

For over 12 hours, no train ran between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Thane, while suburban services between CSMT and Mankhurd were suspended due to acute flooding at Chunabhatti station.

According to a senior railway official, services were suspended on Central and Harbour lines from 7.40 a.m. The CSMT-Thane route was opened for trains at 7.50 p.m. after water receded at Chinchpokli, Sion, Kurla, Mulund and Thane. The water on tracks rose up to 18 inches in some places (over 400 mm), more than double the threshold of local trains.

Due to incessant rains in Ambernath and Badlapur, which resulted in flooding of Ulhas river, services on the Kalyan-Karjat route were stopped at 4.30 a.m. and remained that way through the day. Railway officials said at several sections near Shelu, Vangini and Neral stations, the track had been washed way and restoration was under way.

Commuters wait in a stranded train at Thane station after services were suspended on Sunday.

Commuters wait in a stranded train at Thane station after services were suspended on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: Vibhav Birwatkar

While flooding affected the services in the city, there were incidents of boulder collapses and mudslides on tracks in the ghat section between Karjat and Lonavala, which led to a complete suspension of all trains going to or coming from Pune. Nearly 70 long distance passenger trains had to be either short terminated or diverted via other routes, and over two dozen trains had to be cancelled.

According to CPRO, CR, Sunil Udasi, nearly 7,000 passengers from 12 long distance trains that been regulated at various stations were transported to Mumbai in over 30 buses.

The situation on Western Railway (WR) was more under control with services running through the day with delays. For around six hours, the suburban services on the fast line between Virar and Vasai were non functional, however, services ran on the slow corridor. Gajanan Mahatpurkar, senior PRO, WR, said around 70 local services had to be cancelled due to the disruption.

Mudslide in Konkan

Konkan Railway faced its fair share of issues as well due to a mudslide on the tracks between Apta and Jite stations that occurred around 6.30 a.m. A Rajdhani Express bound for Madgaon stopped well in time before the mudslide due to the quick thinking of the trains loco pilot and assistant loco pilot A.V. Rathore and Pawan Kumar Patel. The incident took place on the Panvel-Roha section.

However, it took the railway authorities nearly 11 hours to clear the sections. As a result, 15 trains had to be cancelled and an equal number were diverted/short-terminated.

BEST buses stranded

Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking had nearly 10 of its buses stranded in waterlogged areas of the city and 13 others broke down. Senior BEST officials said that fewer buses could be run on Sunday as several drivers, conductors and maintenance staff could not come to work due to the rains. Only 1,981 of the 2,119 buses, which are part of BEST’s Sunday schedule were operating.

Flights delayed

Mumbai airport also reported delays owing to poor visibility for the second day in a row. A Mumbai International Airport Ltd spokesperson said the airport recorded 6 go-arounds (aborted landings) and 2 diversions. On Sunday evening, a Mumbai-Lucknow Indigo flight 6E4664 returned to the city after being airborne due to a technical issue. Swedish airport and airline tracker Flightradar24 reported that 114 arrivals were delayed with 10 incoming flights being cancelled. It also said 321 flight departures were delayed with 8 cancellations.

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