Central Railway in deep waters again even before the monsoon arrives in full force!

Even before the monsoon arrives in full force, the Central Railway is already battling a strew of fiascos. Heavy downpour in the city last week disrupted train schedules on the Central Railway line with water-logging in many places being the main reason for major delays.

MUMBAI: It is the same old story for commuters of Central Railway every monsoon with hassled travel owing to cancelled services and signal failures.

Even before the monsoon arrives in full force, the CR is already battling a strew of fiascos. Heavy downpour in the city last week disrupted train schedules on the Central Railway line with waterlogging being the main reason for major delays.

The Central Railway officials had identified at least 19 locations on the route which were vulnerable to waterlogging and have installed at least 27 pumps in those areas.

“The works for installing pumps were undertaken at least 20 days before the arrival of the monsoon,” said A K Singh, public relations officer of Central Railway.

The Central Railway have undertaken several other monsoon preparatory work, including removal of muck and trimming of trees. The problems for commuters is far from over and hence it’s the same old story.

The daily commuters travelling on the Central line said that it takes a minimum of half an hour to remove excess water from the railway tracks.

“We are often delayed whenever there are heavy rains. I have been facing this for decades now. It is really difficult to understand why do they fail on the same lines every other year,” said Rekha Rao, a daily railway commuter at Dadar station.

The railway officials said that they had installed flood level indicators at locations which are prone to waterlogging.

“Stations like Masjid, Mazgaon yard, Byculla, Curry Road, Sion, Kurla, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar, Sewri and others were identified as the main locations which are vulnerable to waterlogging,” said a Central Railway official.

“Instead of hearing what measures the railways is taking, I would want to see the results on the ground. Commuters should be spared of this as it has been several years that we have borne this,” said Jagadish Mahadev, a Thane commuter who travels to Nariman Point daily.

In addition to this, the railways have also planned to install ‘digital axle counters’ on the tracks in order to provide uninterrupted signalling during the monsoon.

“This particular machine is placed at two ends of the tracks which helps in counting the number of axles (wheels of the train) that passes over it. The message related to any mismatch in the number of axles counted by the counters is conveyed directly to the signalling system,” added the official.

The railways have also de-silted and cleaned at least 90,000 metres of drains on the suburban section.

“The dumping of garbage along the tracks has always caused waterlogging, especially in many sections along the Harbour line. It has been reported as a result of this dumping, the train services on the Harbour line too are delayed,” said the official.

They have also trimmed the branches of the trees at 700 places adjacent to the railway line and in the railway premises. This has been done in order to avoid trees falling due to heavy rains.

Yet, the commuters are expecting the railways to set things right for they don’t wish to be on the receiving end every other year.

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