Power failure halts trans-harbour trains for 2 hours, 50 services cancelled 6K societies get notices for not segregating waste
People returning home from work and other commuters between Navi Mumbai and Thane had a harrowing time on Wednesday evening as a power failure for two and a half hours between Airoli and Thane stations threw services totally out of gear.
More than 50 train services on the trans-harbour line had to be cancelled during the evening peak hours from around 6.45pm.
Services were resumed only around 9.15 pm.
Office-goers anxious to return home crowded the few buses that were running. Many of them walked along the tracks to reach the nearest bus depot or auto stand. The steady downpour added to their woes.
Public transport such as buses were packed and getting a taxi was a major problem as they too were taken. Roads were chock-a-block with traffic.
Shalini Nair, 35, a resident of Kopar Khairane, said, “Even after waiting for an hour at Thane station, I could not board a train. I then went to the nearby bus depot. To my surprise, the entire depot was packed with commuters and there were not enough buses. After almost 40 minutes, I managed to board a bus to Navi Mumbai and reached home almost three hours later than usual.”
The problem occurred near Chinchpada in Airoli.
“Our first priority was to restore the services as soon as possible as the problem at a crucial time. Officials with tower wagons reached the site in no time but it took twoand-a-half hours to restore supply,” said an official from the central railway.
The Vashi railway station master, Sudarshan Khurana, said, “Around 22 trains from the Vashi side had to be cancelled because of the power failure.”
“From the Thane side too, almost equal number of trains had to be cancelled. Likewise trains to Thane from Nerul and Panvel stations and vice versa also came to a standstill till the problem was fixed,” he added. Commuters stranded outside Airoli railway station as buses were packed and there were no taxis available. Railway officials repair the problem at Airoli station. Services were resumed only around 9.15 pm
The municipal corporation has issued notices to 6,500 housing societies in the city for not segregating garbage at source. The civic body has also stopped collection of garbage from these societies. This has resulted in heaps of garbage overflowing from the bin at the entrance of these societies.
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has been creating awareness on segregation of garbage. But, it has not been implemented properly. The housing societies, that had failed to segregate their garbage, had been issued notices and given time till June 21 to comply. They had been asked to start depositing wet and dry garbage separately in the two bins.
With several housing societies in the city still not heeding the directive, the solid waste management department of NMMC stopped garbage collection from June 22.
With the rains lashing the city, stinking uncollected garbage at housing societies is a cause of concern.
The housing societies that complied contacted their ward offices, following which the garbage was picked up.
Deputy municipal commissioner (SWM) Tushar Pawar said, “Segregation of garbage by the residents helps in proper and easier scientific disposal of waste. That is why we are appealing to the people to segregate their garbage.”
He said, “Several societies have begun segregation of garbage and hence their garbage is being picked up. We are sure soon everyone will comply with the norm and the situation will be back to normal in the city soon.”
An office bearer of a housing society in Kopar Khairane, said: “We faced major problem of garbage not being picked from our society for 2-3 days. We never thought that the notice would be implemented in such a strict manner.”
He added, “It was tough action against us, but then it has also led to all members now segregating the garbage. May be such tough actions are required to inculcate discipline and civic sense amongst us.”