Trains diverted, cancelled due to heavy rain, waterlogging

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 29 July 2019

Incessant rains forced the Central Railway to divert or cancel several trains coming to Pune for the second day on Sunday. The Central Railway has announced cancellation of eight train services between Pune and Mumbai citing waterlogging and congestion of trains in the state capital.

Pune: Incessant rains forced the Central Railway to divert or cancel several trains coming to Pune for the second day on Sunday. The Central Railway has announced cancellation of eight train services between Pune and Mumbai citing waterlogging and congestion of trains in the state capital.

As per Pune Railway Division Spokesperson Manoj Jhawar, train number 17031 Mumbai-Hyderabad Express and Panvel-Hazur Sahib Nanded Express have been cancelled. However, Deccan Queen was earlier cancelled, but later restored. 

On Sunday, Central Railway cancelled train number 12127/28 Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai Intercity Express, 12701/02 Mumbai-Hyderabad Hussain Sagar Express, 17614 Hazur Sahib Nanded-Panvel Express, 11009 Mumbai-Pune Sinhagad Express, 17412 Kolhapur-Mumbai Mahalaxmi Express and Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express.

Road traffic to Mumbai, which was badly affected on Saturday due to increased traffic, rain and dense fog, was normalised on Sunday. “The traffic remained normal throughout the day. No jams were reported on Sunday,” said a policeman manning Expressway control room.

Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) officials said the transport body plied nearly a dozen additional buses to Mumbai on Sunday after passengers turned to buses to reach Mumbai following cancellation of trains between the two cities. 

“Today till afternoon we plied 10 to 12 buses to Mumbai. Yesterday, we operated 25 extra buses. We are prepared to deal with additional load of passengers as the Central Railway has also announced a maintenance block until August 9,” said MSRTC Divisional Controller (Pune) Yamini Joshi. 

“This will continue to affect the train traffic between the two cities,” she added.

On Saturday, due to heavy rainfall in Mumbai and adjoining areas trains running between Pune and Mumbai were affected with the Central Railway cancelling trains between Pune and Mumbai for the most part of the day.  Stranding of Mahalaxmi Express near Vangani Station for over 15 hours further congested the traffic on Mumbai-Pune route on Saturday.

Some trains were diverted on Sunday. These included Mumbai-Pune Deccan Queen Express, which was restored and diverted via Panvel-Karjat. The Mumbai-Chennai Express, Mumbai-Bhubaneshwar Express, Mumbai–Kanyakumari Jayanti Janata Express were diverted via Panvel-Karjat and respective onward proper route. The Pune-Hazrat Nizamuddin Darshan Express was diverted via Daund-Manmad-Jalgaon-Surat. The Mumbai-Chennai Express JCO was diverted via Kalyan-Igatpuri-Manmad-Daund and onward proper route. The Mumbai-Bhubaneshwar Express was diverted via Kalyan-Igatpuri-Manmad-Daund. The Rajkot-Coimbatore Express was diverted via Surat-Jalgaon-Manmad-Daund. The Chennai-Mumbai Express and Coimbatore-LTT Express were diverted via Karjat-Panvel.
 

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