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Services resume even as WR heals

Friday, July 13, 2018
By Jagruti Verma

According to the Railway, all problems would be resolved over the weekend

The aftermath of the flood situation in Nallasopara has left the Western Railway with damages it will take a few more days to recover from. Though the suburban trains are now running without disruption and the commuters are unlikely to feel a major pinch, railway officials are still trying to ascertain the damages, monetary and otherwise, that the organisation has suffered.

“Though the water level has receded enough for services to resume normally, we will have to now deal with the damage this water has left in its wake,” said Sanjay Mishra, Divisional Railway Manager, Western Railway. Among the most damaged properties are signal points, rolling stocks and marooned rakes, he added.

The Western Railway has a fleet of 100 rakes for the suburban network and at any point of time, at least 10 are kept aside to be used in rotation during maintenance. However, since around 10 rakes from this fleet were marooned in the Virar car shed, it will take a few more days for services to really resume at a normal pace.

“The worst monetary loss is from the goods movement on the freight network and rolling stock damage,” said Mishra. The damaged signal points too pose a risk to the punctuality of suburban trains as a train cannot move forward in case of signal failure. They will have to be fixed on an urgent basis and according to Western Railway, things would be mended over the weekend.

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