Passengers travelling between Nerul and Panvel were inconvenienced for the second time in a row after the Christmas Eve megablock. The rail services were hampered during the morning peak hours due to the pantograph of a Wadala-Panvel train, which entwined with the overhead wire and snapped near Belapur station. On Tuesday, Central Railway declared another 48-hour megablock at Belapur, that is a part of the Seawoods-Uran line, beginning from 2am. However, rail services will not take a huge hit because of the work taking place along Belapur’s platform number 2, as stated by CR sources.
Apart from the 48-hour megablock, the journey of passengers travelling along harbour line will get hampered for a total of 7 days. However, train services along trans-harbour and others, which includes Vashi, Panvel, Chembur Mankhurd, Andheri and Bandra will continue running as per schedule on Wednesday and Thursday.
According to harish Shinde, who is a regular commuter said that, “Work on the Seawoods-Uran line had led to a traffic block for four days, including a 13-hour megablock on Monday wh-en services between Nerul and Panvel were suspended. On Tuesday, too, there was problem with a train pantograph being entangled with the overhead wire at Belapur, resulting in suspension of services between Nerul and Panvel for more than three hours.”
Going by the statements of the sources, rail services on the Vashi-CSMT route were delayed, 14 were cancelled and 16 partly cancelled, while 100 trains towards Panvel were also obstructed.
As per a Railway Official, “Tuesday’s incident took place at 9.40am and services were suspended for some time. While CSMT-bound trains resumed services at 9.55am, traffic towards Panvel was restored at 1.02pm.”
Another female commuter from Nerul shared her experience on the day of megablock saying, “I jumped off the train and walked along the tracks along with other commuters from CBD till Nerul station as trains were running from there towards CSMT.”