Mumbai, August 31: Two days after heavy rains lashed the city, Mumbaikars continued to face a tough time travelling in local trains on all the three lines – Central, Harbour, and Western as trains were running late for the third consecutive day. On Wednesday morning, the train services were 30 minutes late. On Thursday morning, the Central and Harbour line trains were running 20 minutes late. According to reports, Western railway trains were also running 10-15 minutes late.
The services on the Central railway line were worst hit because of the derailment of Nagpur-Mumbai Duranto Express on Tuesday near Titwala station followed by heavy rainfall and flooding of tracks at many railway stations on the same day. Due to the derailment, the Central Railway restored only north bound (Down) track between Vashind and Asangaon stations. They were still working to bring the south bound (Up) railway line into proper functioning. Until then, express trains coming from down line were running with restricted speed disrupting the railway timetable, hence, causing a delay in train services. The control room as quoted by Hindustan Times said that railway has not given any deadline on when the railway services will be fully restored at the derailment site.
Due to heavy rainfall, there was a flood-like situation in Mumbai on Tuesday that also claimed several lives. The railway tracks were filled with water at many stations. All the three railway lines became non-functional on Tuesday till next morning. Matunga, Sion, Mulund, Bandra, Currey Road and many other railway stations had water flowing through the tracks. Many people were stranded in trains for long hours. The city had come to standstill due to heavy rains.