MUMBAI: The overflowing Ulhas and Mithi rivers flooded Central Railway tracks and derailed services—both Harbour as well Main—for almost all of Sunday. Though Main line services between CSMT and Thane were restored later in the evening, there was no train on the Kalyan-Karjat stretch. Harbour line services could be fully restored only late in the night. CR chief spokesperson Sunil Udasi said, “Services beyond Badlapur will not run on Monday due to damage to tracks. We will take a call on the rest later.” Soil under tracks washed awayOn Sunday, the afternoon high tide meant that water accumulated along tracks in the morning did not recede till evening. Officials were posted at Sion to measure flooding on tracks and give hourly reports. “Mithi water gushed on to tracks at Sion and Chunabhatti. Water at Sion rose up to 8 inches. In Kalyan and Badlapur, Ulhas river caused waterlogging. The floods washed away tracks at several places near Badlapur and the entire line at Karjat. The signal system too was damaged. There were also landslides at Kasara,” an official said. “We suspended services on all corridors at 7.40am on Sunday,” he added. However, CR commuters found themselves waiting at stations at any point of the day. “It is frustrating not to see a single train on platform,” said A Vora, who takes a train from Thane. On WR, services were suspended between Vasai and Virar for seven hours. WR remained afloat as it runs through western suburbs which are located at a height as compared to CR that runs through low-lying areas and along river banks. Meanwhile, at LTT, 2,000 were stranded due to non-availability of trains. L ward officer Manish Valanju asked his team to provide food and tea to the passengers.
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