Mumbai: A deep crater was formed in between two railway tracks on the Kalyan-Ambernath section in the wee hours due to heavy rains which resulted in trains running late on the Central Railway early Friday morning and inconvenienced scores of office-goers, specially from far flung suburbs. It not only affected suburban services but also long distance trains to Pune, Bengaluru — which had to take a long detour via Diva and Panvel to reach Karjat.
Officials said that the crater was detected in between tracks on the Kalyan-Ambernath section around 6.25am. “The crater was formed due to heavy rains in the area. Fortunately it was detected and train services were stopped so that there was no untoward incident/mishap,” an official stated. Due to track resettlement between Kalyan and Ambernath early on Friday morning and the subsequent disruption in suburban services, the Central Railway has also decided to divert six long distance trains.
Railway staffers filled the ballast to carry out settlement of tracks at the spot. The Up line services were restored gradually after 8 am while the work on Down services continued for some time. Those staying in Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Badlapur were badly hit.
While a few suburban trains were cancelled, commuters were largely inconvenienced due to delays and crowds on platforms between Kalyan and Ghatkopar. The trains arrived 20 to 30 minutes behind schedule. Commuters were seen fuming at Ambernath and Badlapur railway stations where they complained about no proper announcement by CR railway about cancellation of services.
Some got off trains which were stranded on tracks and walked to the nearest station. Others complained of missing important meetings for the day. “I had a client meeting at 10 am in BKC. I left my home early so I could reach the office early. But because of the train problem, I have missed the crucial meeting and my client will now be out of town for two weeks. This is frustrating,” said Naresh Chaudhari (25) whose train was stuck near Ambarnath station.
“Train disruptions happen very regularly on the Central Railway and it affects our jobs as we are reaching late in the morning. Also, this monsoon, there have been a series of disruptions,” pointed out Kalyan resident Santosh Rai.
The long distance trains that took a detour in the morning were CST-Pune Intercity Express, LTT-Vishakapatnam Express, CST-Pune Deccan Express, CST-Bengaluru Udyan Express, Hubli Express and CST-Kolhapur Koyna Express. The KDMT ran 21 special buses for the convenience of rail commuters who were stranded.