ROT SETS IN CENTRAL RAILWAY!! Commuters worst hit!!

Central Railway services were the worst hit in the recent deluge that Mumbai witnessed, as in the previous years. Even at the time of going to the press, Central Railway services are far from normal as far as punctuality is concerned. The local services do not stick to their schedule. Recently, its train services were affected after a tree branch fell on a local train. Initially, CR services did not run smoothly because of track flooding. But now, the branch fall on the local at platform No.1 added to the commuters’ woes.

Last Saturday, train services were suspended for 40 minutes because of this branch fall. Kalyan-bound trains were halted. It seems that the tree branch collapsed on the pantograph while the local had halted at platform No.1 at Mulund station. Thereafter, the electrical power had to be disconnected to remove the branch, resulting in a 40-minute delay on the slow track.

This incident has raised the question: Have all the trees falling under Central Railway’s jurisdiction been trimmed?? Meanwhile, Central Railway has claimed that the tree whose branch fell on the train is under BMC’s jurisdiction. These questions are being raised in view of the fact that trees are being trimmed so haphazardly.

A look at the suspension of Central Railway services
* CR services disrupted between Kanjurmarg and Vikhroli on June 28 because of track flooding.
* Again, disruption of CR services owing to heavy downpour on July 1.
* Train services suspended till 2 p.m.between Kurla, Sion and Kanjurmarg owing to track flooding on   July 2. Services were disrupted for up to 14 hours!!
* Sparking in the carriage wheels led to disruption of services at Vikhroli station on July 5.
*40-minute disruption of services on July 6 at Mulund station because of tree branch fall.