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Delay killed motorman R Ramchandran, Mumbai Local Accident, Sudhir Kumar, CRS,will conduct an enquiry

Freak Rly mishap kills two, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced a compensation Rs 5 lakh to the families of those killed, Rs 1 lakh to those seriously injured and Rs 10,000 to those who received minor injuries in the Thane bridge collapse.


TMC, CR in blame game Even as the railway services are yet to be restored, a blame game has started between CR and Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). While CR spokesperson A K Singh said they have asked the TMC to carry out necessary repairs, however, they have not done it yet. On the other hand TMC City Engineer K D Lala said that they have several times sought permission of the railway to change the girders, however, the CR never accorded permission.

Probe ordered Commissioner Railway Safety, Central Circle, Sudhir Kumar will conduct an enquiry on Monday at Thane station, and on Tuesday in Divisional Railway Manager’s office at CST-Mumbai.

Delay killed motorman R Ramchandran, the motorman who died in the tragic accident near Thane railway station was battling for life for over three hours in the motorman’s cabin as the firemen failed to remove him from the debris in time.The motorman was trapped in his cabin as it was completely damaged. Pipeline, overbridge falls on Kalyan local Trains to Pune, Nashik, Nagpur affected

Two persons including a motorman were killed and 10 others were injured, two of them grievously, when a portion of under construction Road Over Bridge along with adjacent water pipelines collapsed over a speeding suburban train in Kopri between Thane and Mulund stations on the Central Railway, severely disrupting the train traffic.

The train, K37, was on its way to Kalyan from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus when the incident took place at 10.52 am.The mishap ­ in which the pipeline carrying water from western part of Thane to the eastern parts burst and the railway overhead electricity wires snapped ­ threw railway traffic out of gear. Normalcy is expected only by Saturday evening.

As soon as the report of the incident came, an accident relief van was rushed to the spot.
Services on all the four up and down lines were affected because of the accident. It would take nearly 30 hours to restore the services, CR officials said.

On Friday evening, train services were being run between CST-Ghatkopar and ThaneKalyan and beyond. Pass-holders of CR were allowed to travel on Western Railway (WR) and harbour routes.

WR tied up with MSRTC to run buses between Borivli and Thane/Bhiwandi. Similarly, pass-holders were also allowed to travel between CST-Vashi-Thane route. As many as 88 additional buses were deployed between CST-Sion-Ghatkopar-Thane.
Heavy rush was seen at some railway stations, however, CR was constantly updating the passengers through SMS alert system besides Radio and TV announcements.
The girders and pipes fell on the motorman’s cabin and the adjacent luggage compartment, trapping several people ­ including the motorman. While most of the trapped commuters were rescued by the onlookers present and fire brigade personnel, the motorman ­ identified as R Ramachandra (43) ­ remained trapped inside his cabin till 2.30 pm. He, however, died before he could be rushed to the Thane civil hospital.
One more person ­ who had died earlier ­ was identified as Subhash Popat Nikam, a resident of Bhandup.
Of the 10 injured all of whom are undergoing treatment at the Thane civil hospital, the condition of two is said to be serious

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Angry commuters disrupt Western Railway services Local train cancellation sparked off the agitation

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Angry commuters disrupt Western Railway services Local train cancellation sparked off the agitation

Services on the busy suburban line of the Western Railway, where nearly 63 lakh people commute daily, came to a sudden halt on Wednesday morning after thousands of angry commuters blocked rail tracks demanding more trains from suburban Borivali to Churchgate.

The agitation sparked off when the railways abruptly announced the cancellation of a 9.10 am Churchgate bound fast local from Borivali. Thousands of protestors blocked the tracks and did not allow north or south bound services to operate from Borivali. Trains beyond suburban Andheri were also disrupted and many commut ers had to resort to alternative modes like road transport to get to their destinations.

According to Government Railway Police Commissioner (Mumbai) A K Sharma around 30 people, including 15 women, have been detained. Sharma said that they would be charged under relevant sections like rioting and destruction of railway property.

Commuters had to take to alternative modes like road transport to get to their destinations. State-run BEST provided extra buses to cater to people. Trains were operational in the Virar-Borivli section and Andheri-Churchgate section on the Western line, but the services were running very late. Five outstation trains were also delayed, railway officials said. "I had to take a rickshaw to get to my workplace since it was not clear when the protest would end," a commuter said. Actor and Congress MP from north Mumbai Govinda claimed that the "protests are motivated" as the number of trains had been increased on the line. "In the last five years, the number of train services on the western line have been increased considerably," he said. The WR had witnessed protests last year as well over services between the stations of Borivli and Virar with commuters demanding more trains to cater to the growing population.

According to commuters, the agitation was a spontaneous response to the problem they had been facing for the past one-year.

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