Jul 19, 2017

Heavy rain in Mumbai delays Central, Western railway services

Mumbai city news: Morning express trains towards Mumbai were running late by an hour due to the waterlogging on the tracks between Vapi and Valsad.

Heavy rain in Mumbai delayed several local and long-distance trains on Tuesday morning. The local train service on Central Railway (CR) and Harbour Railway were operating with a delay of 15 to 20 minutes. The services on the Western Railway (WR) were operating with a delay of 5-10 minutes. No incident of water logging on tracks was reported on both the railways.
All Mumbai and Ahmedabad bound trains on WR were hit owing to the heavy rain between the Mumbai suburbs of Vapi and Valsad. At least seven to eight express and passenger trains have also been cancelled at various stations.

“Some of the trains that have been cancelled are 12922/12921 Surat-Mumbai Flying Ranee, 59024/59023 Valsad Mumbai Valsad Fast Passenger, 59038 Surat Virar shuttle, 59009 Virar Bharuch (will run till Dahanu), 59049 Valsad-Viramgam passenger (will run till Billimora), 12935/12936 Surat-Bandra Inter City Express, 12935/12936 Bandra-Surat shuttle,” said a WR spokesperson.

Meanwhile, morning express trains towards Mumbai were running late by an hour due to the waterlogging on the tracks between Vapi and Valsad, said the WR official.

“Hundreds of commuters going towards Mumbai and Surat were stranded at several stations owing to the late running trains, as Valsad station itself was under two feet of water. The water levels started to recede by mid morning, and trains are moving at slow speed,” said the official.

Said“The 12904 Golden Temple was halted at Palghar and Saphale to clear the early morning rush. However,since the length of Saphale station is too short, the last two general coaches of the 24 bogie-train could not be accommodated, and hence commuters could not board the coaches. The WR had made announcements that passengers could board the general coaches only and not the reserved bogies,” said Prathamesh Prabhutendolkar, sectary, Dahanu Vaitarna Pravasi Sanghatana.

Commuting was also a hassle in the city owing to water-logged areas of Powai, Sion, Kings’ Circle and parts of Andheri and Malad. A commuter at Malad said that the pump at Malad subway was not started on time resulting in heavy inundation. Mumbai saw the wettest July day on Monday. Weathermen have predicted that Mumbai will receive heavy rainfall for the next 24 hours.
Source - Hindustan Times