Train services on the central and harbour line came to a halt due to heavy rain. The rain caused severe water-logging on railway tracks at stations like Kalwa and Thane. Due to this, all slow trains on central line were diverted on the fast track which caused more delay. Commuters were seen stranded on railway platforms for more than an hour since 9 am.
“Slow trains stopped working completely due to water-logging on railway tracks at Kalwa station. This is always the situation on the central railway line when there is heavy rain,” said Mrudula Pradhan, a commuter at Kalwa station. Slow train services could only be restored from 9.22 am from Thane station and 10.35 from Kalwa station.
Due to continuous rain on Saturday night, suburban train services were held up at Kalwa from 5.37 am to 6.32 am and from 8.08 am to 9.46 am. Central railway installed pumps at 24 locations to take out the water at vulnerable locations like Thane and Kalwa.
“Pumps are manned on a 24-hour basis and they are made operational during heavy rain,” said a central railway official. Special trains were being operated between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to Thane and CST to Dombivali for the convenience of passengers.