Day after heavy rains brought India’s financial capital Mumbai to a standstill, services of the city’s lifeline, the services of local trains, have become normal to a large extent. Trains were back on railway tracks on the Central and Western lines on Wednesday evening, to the relief of lakhs commuters who use them on daily basis to reach their workplaces. “We started services from the CSMT to Karjat at 8.30 am while Harbour line (CSMT-Panvel) services were resumed at 1.20 pm, and Fast Up (towards CSMT) services at 1.30 pm,” Chief PRO, Central Railway, Sunil Udasi, was quoted as saying by PTI.
He added that by the evening, the entire suburban services were running normally. “Since most of the citizens preferred to remain indoors today, we did not find it much difficult to restore the train services,” the chief PRO was quoted as saying by PTI further. Udasi added that railway officials have been deployed in large numbers in sections in order to keep round-the-clock watch on the water level.
Another Railways official added that the priority has been given to trains leaving the CSMT in order ro clear the rush of passengers who remain stranded last night in their offices in south Mumbai and other locations. “We encountered some problems while resuming the services on the Harbour line, because few rakes had marooned and we had to shift them in the car shed. After we shifted them, the tracks were cleared and we could roll out the services smoothly,” PTI quoted him as saying further.