Mumbaikars Suffer As Trains Delay, Roads Jam On Bandh Day
Following a bandh on January 3 called in the state of Maharashtra, lakhs of Mumbaikars today struggled to reach their destination as suburban rail services and road transport were delayed. The protests resulted into massive delays in services during peak morning hours and even in the afternoon.
Local train commuters struggled to reach offices while motorists remained stuck on roads due to the demonstrations in various parts of the city and the extended suburbs.
Services of suburban trains, known as the lifeline of Mumbai, remained disrupted for hours on the Central Railway's Main and Harbour Lines, and briefly on the Western Railway.
Cases of blocking railway tracks, roads and burning of public transport were reported. This included Mankhurd railway stations on Harbour line, which resulted into bunching of trains heading towards CSTM and Panvel.
Protests were also held on the railway tracks on the Trans-Harbour line connecting Panvel and Thane, at Turbhe, Rabale and Airoli stations.
Compared to Central and Harbour corridors, the Western Railway saw fewer disruptions barring the protests at Virar, Nalasopara, Borvili, Dahisar, Goregaon, Andheri, and Dadar stations.
As services remained stuck, passengers were forced to spend several hours in trains at various suburban stations on the Mumbai railway network.
On Central Line, suburban train services crawled due to protests on tracks at Thane, Nahur, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar, and Kurla stations.
In total, CR cancelled 110 services on January 3 while the WR cancelled 60 services.
Traffic came to a standstill on many roads in the country's financial capital due to blockades reported at various locations. This included various junctions on the Western Express Highway, stretching from suburban Dahisar to Bandra, the Eastern Freeway connecting Chembur with CSMT in south Mumbai, the Sion-Panvel road, and the LBS Road in Kurla.
The regular flow of traffic was also affected at the iconic Bandra-Worli sea link and other major roads.
Not just railways and road, operations of the Metro trains remained suspended between suburban Ghatkopar and the Airport Road station in Andheri during 11.40am to 4.45pm as a precautionary measure.
With inputs from Housing News