Long-distance trains rescheduled amid rains in Maharashtra; services restored on Kalyan-Kasara route

Local train services between Kasara and Titwala stations in Thane were suspended on Sunday morning following heavy rains and a tree fall.
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MUMBAI: Many long-distance trains were diverted, rescheduled or short-terminated on Sunday due to waterlogging amid heavy rains between Kalyan and Kasara stations, Central Railway officials said.

The trains that were rescheduled include 16345 LTT-Thiruvananthapuram Express, 12289 CSMT-Nagpur Duronto Express and 12145 LTT-Puri SF Express, they said.

Local train services between Kasara and Titwala stations in Maharashtra's Thane district adjoining Mumbai were suspended on Sunday morning following heavy rains and a tree fall, officials said.

At around 6.30 am, soil came on tracks between Atgaon and Thansit stations due to heavy trains, and a tree fell, blocking tracks near Vashind station, disrupting rail traffic on the busy Kalyan-Kasara route, they said.

"Train services between Kasara and Titwala have been suspended temporarily," a spokesperson of the Central Railway (CR) said.

The tracks were declared unsafe at around 6.30 am, the official said.

Another CR spokesperson said an overhead equipment (OHE) pole tilted, and the pantograph of the Mumbai-bound Punjab Mail train got entangled near Vashind.

Restoration work was underway, and efforts were being made to clear the tracks as soon as possible, the official said.

According to CR, trains were diverted via the Kalyan-Lonavala-Pune-Miraj-Londa-Madgaon route due to waterlogging in the Vasind-Khadavli section.

There are reports of waterlogging on tracks between Vashind and Khadavli stations. Long-distance trains got diverted or short-terminated, it stated.

Suburban services are considered the lifeline of Mumbai and neighbouring areas, including Thane, Palghar and Raigad. More than 30 lakh commuters travel daily on the CR's suburban network.

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