August 13, 2016 1:15:30 am
ONE train operating from Pune was cancelled and half a dozen others were delayed for many hours due to a passengers’ agitation at Badlapur railway station on Friday morning.
Among the affected trains were Indrayani Express, Deccan Express, Intercity Express, Udayan Express, Indore Express and Koyna Express.
Pune-Solapur Express was cancelled as the rake coming from Mumbai didn’t turn up on time due to the traffic congestion caused by the agitation.
According to reports, the passengers at the Badlapur station were annoyed by the delay in trains and took an impromptu decision to block train traffic by standing on the tracks. The agitation lasted for about an hour. It, however, threw the traffic out of gear for many hours.
The situation worsened as the agitation was during peak hours when many persons from the city go to Mumbai to attend office or some official work.
“Although trains going to Mumbai left on time from Pune railway station, some of them reached much later than the scheduled timing. Trains coming from Mumbai, such as Indrayani Express, Deccan Express, departed late from Mumbai. Pune-Solapur Express had to be cancelled,” said Manoj Jhanvar, Railway PRO.
Pune-Mumbai Deccan Queen was diverted through Panvel and reached about one- hour-and-a-half late. Later, it departed at 6.45 pm, though the scheduled time is 5.10 pm.
“I took Deccan Queen to Mumbai to attend a court hearing at the Bombay High Court. The train, which reaches Mumbai at 10.45 am, reached at 12.30 am. I thought the the traffic must have normalised by evening and again chose the same train to return. However, it didn’t depart till 6.45 pm,” said Abhishek Varma, a lawyer.
Sinhagad Express was delayed by two-and-a-half hours and was operated as a local between Karjat and CST, Mumbai.
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