Central Railway commuters continue to suffer delays

For the fourth consecutive day, lakhs of commuters suffered as services on Central Railway (CR) main line were disrupted Wednesday due to infrastructure improvement work at Thane Railway Station.

There were 21 cancellations and trains were running 30 to 45 minutes late.

Wrong information at some railway stations added to commuter frustration.

"Morning peak hours were bad. I usually take the 9.20 am local from Ghatkopar to CST, but the train came half-an-hour late and was overcrowded," said Arvind Raman, who travels to south Mumbai for work every day.

CR started operating special blocks for yard and track improvement on December 29 night. It expected to complete the work by Monday morning, but work related to platforms one and three at Thane station could not be completed on time.

While platform three was made available for services Tuesday, one was re-opened Wednesday morning.

"We have almost completed the work. However, delays are likely to continue the next couple of days," said A K Singh, CR spokesperson.

The situation was worse Monday when three people fell off trains between Vikhroli and Ghatkopar due to overcrowding and died.

Shiv Sena MLA Vinayak Raut has written to railway minister Pavankumar Bansal demanding the government pay a compensation of at least Rs 10 lakh to those who die in railway accidents and Rs 1 lakh to those who suffer injuries, apart from foorting their hospital bills.

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