It was a chaotic Monday for commuters as EMU service on the Chengalpattu-Beach sector came to a standstill during peak hours in the morning and evening as two trains were stopped on the tracks due to similar cable problems in the engines.
Train service was disrupted in the morning with the engine of an EMU train coming to a grinding halt after a cable burst at Pallavaram station around 6.45. Passengers were immediately evacuated from the train and traffic was resumed after nearly two hours.
According to Railway officials, the cable burst was due to a problem in the cable that transfers electric supply to the engine.
Unfortunately, a similar problem occurred in the evening also when the train running from Tambaram to Beach halted between Guindy - Saidapet station. The incident took place around 5 pm and there was no train running between Tambaram and Beach till 6 pm, causing hardship to the travelling public.
“We saw the front engine from which smoke was coming out when the train was slowly brought to Mambalam station for repair works. We waited for nearly an hour for the other train to come,” said Sudha, a regular commuter to Egmore from Mambalam.
The technical officer ducked queries but it was learnt that both the trains have been sent to the workshop for repair works and the reason for the breakdown is yet to be ascertained.