Mumbai-Pune train services not expected to be back before August 16

Due to heavy rainfall in Mumbai and neighbouring regions, the Indian Railways has decided to cancel all train services between Mumbai and Pune till August 16


After heavy rainfall disrupted the rail service between Mumbai and Pune divisions of Central Railways, Indian Railways has decided to cancel all train services between the two cities till August 16. The rail service has been cancelled due to waterlogging and landslides near the railway tracks on the Mumbai-Pune route.

Earlier, there were speculations that the train service would begin by August 9, Friday, but the inspection by the rail corporation on August 8 did not convince them to re-start the rail service that has remained non-functional since August 3.

Among the train services that will be cancelled are the Deccan Queen, Pragati Express, Intercity Express, Sinhagad Express, Mahalaxmi Express, Koyna Express, Okha-Tamil Nadu Express, Bikaner-Yeshwantpur Express, and Nanded-Panvel Express. Alongside, numerous other train services on the route have been cancelled, short terminated and diverted by the Central Railways.

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In the meantime, Railways is also planning to buy around 10 boats to extend their efforts and conduct rescue operations in situations when the trains are stuck at a spot because of flood water. This will ensure that the rail corporation can rescue the passengers instead of waiting for a disaster response agency to arrive with the boats.

The inflatable boats will be equipped with life jackets and will be used to rescue ailing and elderly passengers, besides being used to deliver food packets. According to reports, each inflatable boat will be able to carry five passengers.

Earlier, in a similar instance, Mahalaxmi Express which runs between CSMT and Kolhapur was stuck near Badlapur station after flood water covered the railway tracks.

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