Written by Iram Siddique
Commuters on outstation trains may have to brace themselves for disruptions in the train schedule as the Central Railway (CR) will be short-terminating at least five trains at Pune instead of letting them proceed to Mumbai, while another five will be suspended for a month. The CR is currently restoring a crucial bridge between Monkey Hill and Nagnath.
The 24-km ghat section from Karjat to Lonavala had suffered extensive damage due to heavy rain in July. It has since been undergoing repairs, with various work being undertaken at different patches, leading to cancellations or train traffic being diverted to the single line section.
The embankment at the end of the bridge providing crucial connectivity between Monkey Hill and Nagnath had sunk due to heavy rain in July. Railway officials are now undertaking the work of placing additional girders over the sunken patch to strengthen it. This is likely to continue until November 30.
Chief Public Relations Officer of CR, Shivaji Suttar, said, “The trains are being short-terminated to avoid congestion in the ghat section... trains will only be diverted to the middle line, which will lead to acute congestion...”
The cancelled trains include the popular Mumbai-Pandharpur passenger and Mumbai-Pune Pragati Express. Those short-terminated include Mumbai-Koyna Express and Hyderabad-Mumbai Hussainsagar Express.