Even as heavy rainfall was lashing the city yesterday, suburban services kept running on all the four lines — Central, Western, Harbour and Trans-Harbour. This, of course, wasn't without incident. In five separate snag and water-logging cases, services took a hit at Dadar, Sandhurst Road and Thane on the Central line, Nalasopara on the Western line and Turbhe on the Trans-Harbour section. In total, around 90 services were cancelled on the suburban system and four services of the AC local were also cancelled during the day.
However, despite these incidents, locals kept running, garnering praises on Twitter for the team working behind the scenes. “I salute and appreciate the efforts taken by Central Railway as well as Western Railway this year,” read a tweet. Elated with the response of commuters, Sunil Udasi, Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway, expressed his gratitude to the staff who worked hard to keep the locals running yesterday.
“The positioning of senior officials at vulnerable locations for close monitoring, dedicated efforts of field staff, intensive drain and culvert cleaning and additional high power pumps helped us keep the trains running,” he said.
Yesterday morning, trains were initially running with restricted speed and later fast local traffic was stopped for some time at Nalasopara on the Western line due to heavy rains and waterlogging.
Similar situation was witnessed in the Kalwa-Thane stretch on the central line. However, the services were soon normalised with the help of water pumps at various locations.
“All efforts are being made by Western Railway to keep the wheels running in spite of heavy rains, without compromising the safety of commuters,” said a railway official.
Due to the collapse of a wall near a building near Sandhurst Road station, yesterday morning, debris was scattered on the tracks. However, it was removed within half an hour and the down slow track was re-started.
Later in the afternoon, the pantograph of a train at Turbhe station caught fire. It was a minor incident but managed to halt the services on the trans-harbour line for around 40 minutes. Around the same time, services were hit on the fast line at Dadar station due to a technical snag related to a point signal.