Local train derails in Mumbai after moving in opposite direction, no injuries; Port line services disrupted
A local train derailed as it moved in the opposite direction at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj terminus in Mumbai on Tuesday morning, affecting commuter services on the Harbor Line, an official said. No one was injured in the incident that took place on platform no. 1 of CSMT around 9:40 a.m., Central Railway public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said.
Later platform services resumed after about two and a half hours, according to Central Railway (CR). Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) company said it was operating 10 additional bus services for commuters.
The Harbor Line connects South Mumbai with Navi Mumbai and Panvel in the neighboring district of Raigad. Local trains are considered the lifeline of Mumbai. Nearly 40 lakh commuters travel on CR routes daily, including 10 lakh on the Harbor Line.
Sutar said the train bound for Panvel received a green signal, but moved in the opposite direction. “The local CSMT-Panvel (PL-61) was ready to leave the number one platform, but it went in the opposite direction and hit the dead end of the same platform,” he said.
This caused a carriage of the fourth car to derail from behind, he said. Harbor Line services generally operate from hubs nos. 1 and 2 at CSMT.
Following the derailment, local trains were only operated from platform no. 2, affecting commuter services on the corridor. Some of the suburban services were in danger of remaining canceled due to platform unavailability. Also, some trains will be halted at short notice at Wadala station and operated from there, Sutar said after the incident.
The official later said that the rerailing work was completed and CSMT rig no. 1 was also made available to traffic from 12:11 p.m. However, commuter services on the Harbor line are still affected and behind schedule, some commuters said.
BEST Company said it was operating 10 additional bus services from Wadala Station of the Harbor Line to CSMT from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Sutar said commuter services on the CR mainline were running on schedule. The main line connects CSMT in South Mumbai to nearby Thane, Kalyan, Kasara and Khopoli.
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