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Mumbai: Train services resume after commuter fury

February 04, 2009 12:53 IST
Last Updated: February 04, 2009 14:42 IST

Services on the Mumbai's [Images] Western Railway line were severely disrupted on Wednesday following protests by thousands of commuters who blocked the tracks, demanding more trains from suburban Borivali to Churchgate.

"The protestors numbering in thousands blocked the tracks from 0918 hours and did not allow north or south bound services to operate from Borivali," a railway police official said.

The protestors were allegedly demanding more services between Borivali and Churchgate on the slow tracks, he said, adding that trains on the fast line were operational but delayed.

The protests reportedly sparked off after a train was cancelled in the morning.

Trains beyond suburban Andheri were also disrupted and many commuters had to resort to alternative modes like road transport to get to their destinations.

"I had to use a rickshaw to get to my workplace since it was not clear when the protest would end," a commuter said.

The city's public bus service BEST provided extra buses outside Borivali to cater to commuters leaving from there and other stations affected by the protest.

Over 63 lakh people everyday travel by the Western Railway line and many commuters board and alight locals from Borivali, an important junction.

Meanwhile, actor and Congress MP from north Mumbai Govinda [Images] alleged that the "protests are motivated."

"In the last five years, the number of train services on the Western line have been increased considerably," he said.

The WR had witnessed protests last year as well over services between the stations of Borivali and Virar with commuters demanding more trains to cater to the growing number of passengers.

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