HIT BY GU­J­JAR STIR, WEST­ERN RAIL­WAY CAN­CELS THIR­TEEN TRAINS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI : Pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling on the West­ern Rail­way’s (WR) out­sta­tion trains faced se­vere in­con­ve­nience on Sun­day, as 13 trains con­nect­ing the city to the north­ern part of the coun­try were can­celled, ow­ing to the on­go­ing Gu­j­jar ag­i­ta­tion in Ra­jasthan.

Many trains orig­i­nat­ing from the city were also de­layed, as the ag­i­ta­tion for 5% reser­va­tions en­tered its third day. The WR is likely to can­cel the reg­u­lar out­sta­tion trains op­er­at­ing from the city till Fe­bru­ary 13.

WR said it will op­er­ate spe­cial trains from Ban­dra Ter­mi­nus on Mon­day, Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, to Sawai Mad­hopur in Ra­jash­tan. The trains will de­part at 08.15pm. In ad­di­tion to these spe­cial trains, WR has also pro­vided help desks for pas­sen­gers at Ban­dra Ter­mi­nus, Mum­bai Cen­tral, Borivli, And­heri sta­tions and well as at Su­rat rail­way sta­tion in Gu­jarat. The re­fund coun­ters for pas­sen­gers have been also been opened at all these sta­tions. “An­nounce­ments are reg­u­larly be­ing con­ducted at rail­way sta­tions, along with re­fund coun­ters for pas­sen­gers. To cater to the queries of pas­sen­gers, we have also de­puted 138 ad­di­tional staff,” said a se­nior west­ern rail­way of­fi­cial.

Mean­while, pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling on the sub­ur­ban lo­cals also faced in­con­ve­nience, ow­ing to the main­te­nance block, op­er­a­tional on the Har­bour and the WR routes. On the Har­bour line, the block was op­er­a­tional be­tween the Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Ma­haraj Ter­mi­nus (CSMT) and Chun­ab­hatti rail­way sta­tions from 11.10am to 4.10pm.

On the West­ern line, the block was un­der­taken be­tween San­tacruz and Gore­gaon sta­tions on the fast line cor­ri­dor from 10.35am to 03.35pm.

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