Mumbai, Jul 11: After a video of railway employees “tying” a fractured piece of track with a cloth surfaced, Central Railway clarified that the cloth was only used as a marker. Railway official said, “Fish plate was intact with tight bolts. Train passed in presence of Permanent Way official at restricted speed. Cloth was not put to bridge gap, but to mark for the replacement since paint doesn’t stick in rain.”
A rail fracture was reported between the suburban Govandi and Mankhurd stations on the Harbour Line at 6.32 PM. It was repaired within half an hour. In the video, it can be seen that a railway official tying a fractured part of the track with a cloth. The video soon began to do rounds on the social media.
Samir Jhaveri, an RTI and passenger rights activist, however, demanded an inquiry by the Commissioner of Railway Safety into the matter.
Services on all three lines of the suburban railway in Mumbai — Western, Central and Harbour — were severely hit by torrential rains today.
Heavy rainfall lashed Mumbai and its adjoining areas on Tuesday. Local trains, considered the lifeline of Mumbai, are moving at the restricted speed due to water-logging of the tracks.
Around 2,000 passengers of two Mumbai-bound long-distance trains that got stuck between Nallasopara and Vasai stations of Western Railway on Tuesday due to water-logging of tracks had a harrowing time before they were rescued in a joint operation by the NDRF and police.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for Thursday. Mumbai has been put on a high alert.