The stretch that bore the major brunt is the Bhor and Thul ghats on Central Railway (CR) routes of Titwala-Igatpuri and Ambernath-Lonavala.
The Konkan Railway too was badly affected due to heavy flooding in Ratnagiri district.
A CR official said, “The intensity of rainfall from the midnight can be gauged as Kasara received 136 mm rainfall in just four hours and Karjat received 86.8 mm in one hour between 1 am and 2 am.”
Disruptions at about 21 locations have been reported due to waterlogging, washout of embankments, boulders and landslides in ghats and rivers flowing over danger levels.
About 4300 cubic meters of the embankment is washed out and 1900 cubic meters of landslide and boulders had fallen.
CR spokesperson Shivaji Sutar said, “We ensured that no trains are held up in between stations. All the scheduled trains were regulated stations like Kasara, Igatpuri, Badlapur, Khadavali, etc.”
The restoration work was being carried out despite the challenges posed by the weather. CR deployed around 100 personnel, including senior officers, more than 950 labourers to restore the services across the Mumbai division.
Sutar said, “Two boulder special trains, 4 ballast rake, 2 porcelains and 4 JCBs have been mobilised with labourers and machineries immediately despite blockage of highways. More machines are being deployed at affected sites.”
Suburban trains were initially running on CSMT-Ambarnath/Titwala section only as areas and stations beyond this stretch were inundated.
At 10.35 am, CSMT-Badlapur services were resumed and by 3 pm Kalyan-Kasara section was made fit for traffic. Around 34 long-distance trains were cancelled, 26 diverted and short terminated 42.
Services on the Konkan Railway routes were also suspended due to flooding in the Ratnagiri district. Konkan Railway said, “Train services are suspended temporarily between Chiplun and Kamathe stations on Konkan Railway after the water level of Vashishiti river bridge in Ratnagiri region breached the danger level.”
KR spokesperson said, “Nearly 5,300 passengers were stranded in 9 trains which were regulated at various stations on the Konkan Railway route. These passengers were provided refreshments.”
The MSRTC came to the rescue of those stranded. It arranged for buses with the help of the Central Railway Mumbai division for passengers who were stranded in trains in far-flung suburbs — from Umbermali/Kasara to Kalyan. It operated 133 buses between Igatpuri and Kasara/Kalyan and ferried 5,800 passengers, said transport minister Anil Parab.
On the Mumbai Pune route, 65 special buses were operated from Pune to Mumbai and nine from Mumbai to Pune to ferry those stranded en route.