Suburban Train services on Western Line resumes in Mumbai

NEW DELHI: The suburban train services on the western railway line in Mumbai has resumed after incessant downpour threw life out of gear in the megapolis.

The Railway Ministry said on twitter that the services on the western railway resumed yesterday at 11.58 pm and stranded passengers were evacuated.

“Suburban lines on @WesternRly are made operational and services running. Services are running between Thane-Karjat, Thane-Titwala on main line. Vashi-Panvel on harbour line, Thane-Vashi on trans-harbour line,” it tweeted.

“On direction of MR @sureshpprabhu all efforts are being taken to provide relief to passengers of Mumbai suburban in wake of heavy rains,” the ministry tweeted.

“We are working in close coordination with the BMC and disaster management cell to ensure all possible measures.

Additional pumps have been put in for bringing water levels down in heavy water-logged areas,” it said.

The railways today cancelled 16 trains which include Hazrat Nizamuddin-Mumbai Central August Kranti Rajdhani Express, 18102 Jammu Tawi-Tata Nagar Muri Express, 14626 Firozpur-Delhi Sarai Rohilla Intercity Express, 14601 Firozpur-Sri Ganganagar Intercity Express, 14630 FirozpurLudhiana Sutlej Express, 12421 Nanded-Amritsar Express, 15656 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra-Kamakhya Express, 12984 Chandigarh-Ajmer Garibrath Express.

Some trains have also been cancelled on August 31 and September 1.

When the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto derailed early on Tuesday near its destination, the first reports did not mention the cause: a landslip under the tracks caused by heavy rains.

But that small landslip set the stage for the day as torrential monsoon rains gradually brought Mumbai down to its knees and led to the cancellation of scores of trains—not just those affected by the Duronto’s derailment—and flights in and out of India’s financial capital.

Indian Railways, which had just been given a new chairman after another derailment on August 23, was meanwhile working quietly through the heavy rain and slush to remove the derailed coaches of the Duronto from the tracks between Asangaon and Vasind, and to get trains running again on the section.

The General Manager of Central Railways, the division in charge of the area, was leading from the front.