Nagpur-Mumbai rail connectivity remains snapped post derailment of Duronto Exp

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Aug 2017 07:41:40

Staff Reporter,

Trains originating from Nagpur including Vidarbha Express (starts from Gondia) did not start on Wednesday

Rail connectivity to Mumbai ex-Nagpur remained cut off as transport network remained disturbed post derailment of Duronto Express near Thane. Originating trains from Nagpur, popular Duronto and Sewagram Express remained cancelled as well as another favourtie Vidarbha Express, it starts from Gondia, too did not start today. 

Passengers remained helpless in aftermath of lost of connectivity as other trains on the East-West corridor of Indian Railways, Mumbai-Howrah has been badly affected. Meanwhile, work continued to restore the UP and DN routes, both of which suffered damages in the accident that occurred on Tuesday. Also the Over Head Equipment (OHE) has also badly affected whose restoration is taking quite a time. The torrential rains in Mumbai is also testing the resources and strength of famed railways rescue and maintenance team, as not only they have to battle extremely harsh weather the movement of manpower and machines too is facing hurdles. 

Apart from that the pressure to reactivate the Mumbai local network post deluge in State capital also put tremendous pressure on Central Railway machinery that was camping at derailment site since Tuesday morning.Several of the trains were short terminated at Nagpur Division as advisory issued by Central Railway Headquarters indicated that condition in Mumbai is critical. Most of the rail network in Mumbai was submerged by the incessant rains that continued on Wednesday also. Hence as a precautionary measure the Railways decided to curtail services rather than facing hardship midway to Mumbai.

The short terminated trains of Wednesday were:

22866 PURI-LTT, which ran upto Bhusawal only and from there ran as empty coaching to Puri. 18030 Shalimar-LTT was short terminated at Nagpur station and ran as 18029 LTT-SHM at its scheduled time. 12810 Howrah-CSMT also terminated at Nagpur station and ran as 12809 CSMT-HWH, the railway release informed.

The trains that were cancelled includes 18029 LTT-SHM, cancelled partially between LTT-NGP, 22865 LTT-PURI of August 31 has also been cancelled, 12809 CSMT-HWH was partially cancelled between CSMT-NGP. The trains that are running via diverted route of Lonavala-Pune-Daund-Manmad-Bhuswal and ahead includes 12859 Mumbai-Howrah Geetanjali Express, 22885 Kurla-Tata Antodaya Express and 12101 Kurla-Howrah Super Deluxe.

Following trains of August 30 were rescheduled- 12879 Kurla-Bhuvaneswhar started at 11.20 hrs, similarly 12809 of August 29 started on August 30 at 11.40 hrs, 22885 Kurla-Tata Antodaya Express started at 05.30 hrs today.