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Dec 16 2016 (09:30)  Lonavla, Daund suburban trains fail to keep time (
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Late running of suburban trains in the Daund and Lonavla sections has left thousands of daily passengers frustrated.
“It is a common problem here. The administration is not at all serious about resolving it. There has been no improvement even after repeated complaints to the authorities here,“ Ajay Jagtap, who often travels to Daund by a passenger train, said while ruing about the extra time he has to spend on travelling due to the late running of these trains. Sonali Satav, who travels by local trains up to Dehu Road, said the administration should avoid delays at least during the rush hours. “We have often noticed that the local trains are stopped at Chinchwad or Khadki stations to make way for the
fast ones. Why can't the admini stration provide a separate track for suburban trains.Apathy and neglect of suburban traffic is affecting people,“ she said.
Last week, about 100 angry passengers travelling by Baramati-Pune passenger train took to the rail track and stopped the CoimbatoreMumbai express after their train was halted to make way for the latter. The issue was resolved only after the local police intervened.
Swapneel Tagare, a college student and resident of Urali, said the administration always gives priority to long distance and goods trains.“Just like Mumbai, there is an urgent need to provide dedicated railway tracks for suburban trains too,“ he said.
The Pune railway authorities operate local trains up to Lonavla and passenger trainsshuttles up to Daund-Baramati. The proposal for laying of third line up to Lonavla has been sanctioned, howe ver, officials in the rail administration said the line will not start anytime soon as the proposal is yet to go through many stages.
Meanwhile, railway administration has maintained that they were not ignoring suburban passenger traffic.
A senior official from the administration said, “We are aware of the late running of trains on some occasions and the administration is taking steps to check this.“
He, however, claimed that the mailexpress trains are running with 90% punctuality. “Even the suburban ones are 70%-80% on time,“ he said, adding that the administration does not deliberately operates the suburban trains late.
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