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MUMBAI: The five-hour mega block undertaken almost simultaneously on the Western (10.35am to 3.35pm), Central (11am to 4 pm) and Harbour (11am to 4pm) lines on Sunday greatly inconvenienced commuters and derailed many a travel plan. Commuters on the Harbour line were particularly miffed as this was the second consecutive Sunday when a mega block was undertaken. Due to the mega block between Kurla and Vashi stations, special locals were run on the CST-Kurla and Vashi-Panvel routes. Residents of Nerul, Belapur, Kharghar and Panvel were left fuming due to poor frequency of special trains and the long detours they had to take to travel. Nerul resident C Radhakrishnan said, "The railways shouldn't undertake mega block every Sunday; it should be once-a-month affair." Western Railway commuters, too, complained of poor frequency of trains and crowd on platforms. WR carried out the mega block on the... Read more...
Up and Down lines (fast track) between Santa Cruz and Mahim. Some suburban trains were cancelled. "Though it was a five-hour block, it had a ripple effect on services throughout the day," said a WR commuter. CR's mega block between Thane and Kalyan stations left commuters fuming. A CR spokesperson said. "We request commuters to bear with us as blocks are necessary for maintenance work."