Thousands of passengers were left stranded after the derailment of seven wagons of a goods train at Karanjadi railway station on Konkan railway, around 205 kilometres from CST, early Sunday morning stalled trains on one of the country's busiest railway stretches.
The goods train, carrying food grains, was moving from Kota in Rajasthan to Kozhikode in Kerala. The derailment forced cancellation of several trains, some diverted on the longer Londa-Miraj-Pune-Karjat-Panvel line and some terminated much before their destination.
The derailment continued the jinx for the Mumbai-Goa double-decker premium special with the railways cancelling Kurla LTT-Karmali double-decker for Sunday as well as Monday. Some were given long detours resulting in these trains being late by several hours.
The Maharshtra State Road Transport Corporation pressed into service more than 75 buses between Mahad and Khed for passengers from stalled trains. A major relief for the passengers of some trains was that KR used external power supply to ensure air-conditioning inside the coaches.
By Sunday evening, the total refunds given by railways on account of the cancellations was Rs 3,79,550, said a KR official. More than 200 labourers and an equal number of Konkan staff worked at the site of the derailment.
"The wagons are taking time to re-rail as the food-grains in them have to be removed to lessen their weight. Moreover, the foodgrains itself has to be protected. The rains are not making it easy," said a KR official. They are hopeful of getting the system back in working order by midnight.