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May 21 2012 (9:14AM)  Crane accident derails Harbour line services (epaper.timesofindia.com)
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Posted by: Dipyaman Basu**  5734 news posts  
Harbour line commuters faced major inconvenience on Sunday as services were suspended for over 10 hours. While there was a fivehour megablock, a crane accident crippled services, virtually cutting off rail link between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai throughout the day. Normal services were restored at 9.15pm.
    Passengers went through hardships as they had to board packed buses, take long train detours and face refusals from auto and taxi drivers. “It’s chaos here in Navi Mumbai. I plan to stay back home and not go to office,” said Sunil Das, who works on Sundays.
    Central Railway spokesperson V Chandrasekar said, “Between 11am and 4pm, the services were not being operated between Mankhurd and Kurla as there was a megablock for five hours. Unfortunately, there was an accident on this stretch while the repair
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work was being carried out. This led to further suspension of services for four hours. We regret the inconvenience caused.”
    He further said that around 1.20pm when workers were trying to dismantle an abandoned foot-overbridge at Mankhurd, the crane being used met with an accident. The crane operator suffered minor injuries and was treated at Byculla railway hospital. Sources said that the repair bogie carrying the crane derailed, tilting it to one side and coming in contact with the overhead wires. “This resulted in snapping of the overhead wire and the problem became serious,” a railway official said.
    “The restoration work at site was carried out on a war-footing,” said public relations officer A K Singh. He confirmed the snapping of the wire and said it was being repaired. “It will be completed by 8pm and services will then be restarted,” he told TOI earlier in the evening.
    Passengers said they were frustrated with the train services on the Harbour line. “It has become a regular nuisance. A few Sundays ago, there were no trains for Vashi for nearly an hour in the night,” said a Nerul resident who is a daily traveller. “The CR general manager should take cognizance of citizens’ complaints and ensure that passengers are not stranded,” he added.
    Meanwhile, passengers on Western Railway, too, faced inconvenience on Sunday due to a jumbo block between Borivli and Goregaon. Due to the block, some Up & Down local trains were cancelled. A megablock was also carried out on the Dn fast line between Thane and Kalyan from 11am to 3.30pm.
The tilted crane came in contact with overhead wires in Mankhurd
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