Fed up with frequent breakdown of Services on Mumbai Central Line, commuters turn violent

img-20150102-wa0001मुंबई Mumbai: Protesters burned a police car and threw stones at railway officials after a stalled train disrupted train traffic in Mumbai Friday.

Around seven million people use Mumbai’s suburban railway daily.

Around 7.30 a.m., a broken pantograph — an electrical wire — led to the breakdown of a train on Mumbai’s Central railway line, according to police officials. In protest, passengers swarmed the railway tracks, blocking all four railway lines, according to a police official at Mumbai’s police control room.

mumbai local 2Train service was yet to resume on the central line, one of Mumbai’s three local train services, as of noon on Friday, according to police officials. The police resorted to the “lathi charge,” beating passengers with sticks, to break up the agitation, according to police.

One train driver had to be taken to a local hospital after he was pelted with stones, according to police. Others refused to drive the trains until the police could assure their security, the police officials said.

Mumbai local trains services disruptedAt the Harbour line, as the services were affected, angry commuters vandalised railway property at Tilak nagar station…  Trains are running late by over an hour on both Central and Harbour lines in the Mumbai suburban rail network.

Empty rake leaves Diva station for CST

An empty rake leaves from Diva station at 12.30 pm for CST. An injured motorman has been admitted to the Byculla Railway hospital. Train services on CST-Panvel and CST-Andheri have been shut since 11.50 am after a section of motormen go on strike.

Mumbai_Central_train_disrupted_650Why the Protests started?

Suburban train services were on Friday disrupted on the Central Line after scores of commuters blocked the rail tracks. The reasons for blockage are following:

(1) To protest the slow running and cancellation of some trains during the morning rush hour.

2) The agitation started after schedule of local trains got disrupted when a pantograph broke at Thakurli in the morning.

(3) This led to some suburban trains getting stranded. The worst affected were the Thane, Kalyan and Dombvili stations where a large number of commuters board the locals to reach their offices.