Thane (TNA): The Central Railway (CR) saw a major disruption as 25 trains were cancelled and 55 delayed after the electricity power supply tripped between Thane and Kalwa during peak morning hours towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) on Thursday.
The incident occurred on the slow tracks due to which no trains were running on this track from 10.02 am to 10.54 am.
Sources from within the CR have said that the disruptions could have been avoided, but when workers tried to switch on a lever of the substation in order to take the electricity from another grid, the switch caught fire too.
“We usually have a back up plan in case of a power trip, but today when the alternate power was switched on the lever caught fire and we could not restore services for almost an hour,” an official said on condition of anonymity.
The trains were diverted on to the fast track until the supply was restored, but the damage was done with delays ranging from 15 to 45 minutes until the situation normalised.
Ashok Kamble (45), a marketing executive who travels from Thane to CST, was one of the many caught in the delays. “I was headed to my office at Fort area and was intending to catch the 10.35 am, which was delayed by half-an-hour and I went to CST standing in a jam-packed coach,” he said.