100 local trains on Western Line cancelled in the last four days

Motormen refused to work overtime owing to the disputes with the railway administration

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Recently, commuters at both Central Railway and Western Railway have been witnessing delay in local trains. This was not because of some technical snag but because motormen refused to work overtime. In the last four days, on WR line, nearly 100 local train services were cancelled causing inconvenience to the commuters.

Initially, CR motormen went on a strike protesting over the disputes with the railway administration. When the guards refused to work overtime, 35-40 local train services were suspended on WR line.

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In 2013, the average daily duty hours of local guards of WR was 7-8 hours and in 2017, it came down to six and a half hours. One of the railway officials said that overtime is not only affecting schedule but also puts a severe economic burden on Railways in terms of payments for ‘overtime’.

Chief Public Relations Officer of WR, Ravinder Bhakar said that they are making every possible effort to ease commuters. He admitted that in the past four days, a few services were cancelled during daytime due to duty hours issue by the crew. He added that they are trying their best to maintain punctuality in peak hours. 

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