3 killed, 15 hurt as Mumbai's train woes continue
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Three people leaning precariously from a jam-packed coach of a suburban train were killed and 15 others injured as lakhs of Mumbaikars continued to have an agonising time with services on the Central line remaining in complete disarray for the second day today.
The passengers on Badlapur-CST local train met a tragic end when they crashed into an iron pole alongside the tracks between Nahur and Bhandup stations. Several people clutching at the window grill while standing close to the door, fell down with them in a heap beside the tracks, police said.
While the crash proved fatal for three, 15 others were admitted to Rajawadi Hospital.
Chief Public Relations Officer of the Central Railway V A Malegaokar said the tragedy was the result of "extreme overcrowding" of the trains. "The trains are extremely overcrowded and there are no violations of norms by the Railways," he said, adding efforts were on to operate 85 to 90 per cent trains.
Train services on the Central and Harbour lines have been thrown out of gear since Tuesday midnight following a fire in a signal cabin between Kurla and Vidyavihar stations causing heavy damage to signalling gears.
Nearly 40 lakh passengers travel every day by 1578 trains on the two lines.
According to sources in the Central Railway, it would take at least 24 more hours to fully repair the damage before normal traffic is restored.
As the authorities raced to set right the fault, Mumbaikars using these two lines continued to face a harrowing time.
While trains, choc-a-bloc with commuters, are running late by 40 minutes to an hour or more, the Eastern Express Highway linking Navi Mumbai to the city and roads connecting eastern suburbs with south Mumbai witnessed huge traffic snarls as many people brought out their own vehicles and hired autos and taxis to reach their offices.
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