Three killed in separate incidents as CR services remain disrupted

Three persons died on Monday morning in separate accidents on the Central Railway's main line between Vikhroli and Ghatkopar, as suburban railway services on the line continued to be in a state of disarray for the second day in a row. The accidents took place in a span of two hours.

The victims Dipesh Kadam (24), Ashok Shelar (34) and a 23-year-old unidentified man were taken to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghakopar where they were declared dead.

"Two of the deaths were because the men were standing on the edge and fell off the train, while one was caused due to trespassing," said SS Dhumal, senior inspector at Kurla GRP said.

More than a hundred services were canceled and others were running with a delay of about 40 minutes with the CR operating special blocks since Saturday night. Though the work was over early on Monday and blocks lifted, trains were moving slowly and halting between stations, resulting in overcrowding and people walking on tracks.

"I left at the usual time. I was aware that services were affected but did not expect the problem to continue today. I was stranded in the train for nearly three hours," said Sandhya Baviskar, a clerk in the prosecutor's office at Sessions court. She travels from Dombivli to south Mumbai for work daily.

The block carried out on Saturday was for remodeling the yard at Thane to ensure faster entry and exit of trains at Thane station. The CR also operated traffic blocks between Mulund and Kalwa on December 30 to improve signaling system and track layout at Thane for test-charging of traction to 25 KV AC power system.

"We expect the trains to start running as per schedule by the end of the day. Besides, there was a technical fault in the signals at Thane this morning, which added to the disruption in services," said A K Singh, a CR spokesperson.

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