Monorail services halt after losing traction power supply; MMRDA evacuate passengers

Due to the broken power rail insulator, MMRDA had to suspend services between Chembur and Wadala till the issue was resolved and the insulator was fixed

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On Monday, the Mumbai Monorail services were hit due to an issue with the power supply. The train abruptly halted between Mysore Colony and Bharat Petroleum station in Chembur. The incident took place at around 10:15 a.m. as the train was heading towards Chembur station with close to 38 commuters on board.

Talking about the issue, a Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) official stated that the train lost traction power supply owing to a broken power rail insulator. He added that the commuters on board were evacuated by bringing another train and aligning it beside the one that was stuck.

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In the meantime, MMRDA had to suspend services between Chembur and Wadala till the power rail insulator was being fixed. The repairs were concluded by 9:00 PM and the services resumed at 9:33 PM with single-line operations.

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The disruption on a Monday morning comes as an addition for the list of problems for the public transport system ever since it started operations along the entire corridor in March. Monorail operations have faced regular hindrance due to lack of spare parts and its monthly ridership fell to 2.13 lakh in July.

But the public transport became a saviour recently after the city was hit by heavy rains and the suburban rail services were shut completely for completely. Thousands had resorted to the Monorail as it ferried people from Lower Parel and Mahalaxmi to Chembur.

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