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Opposition takes on ‘lax' Govt for Mumbai locals breakdown

| | Updated on: Apr 19, 2012

Chief Minister Chavan assures services will be normal today

Pandemonium reigned in the Maharashtra Legislative Council on Thursday due to the massive breakdown of the suburban railway system in Mumbai.

Suburban train services on the Central and Harbour lines have been disrupted since Tuesday night as the signalling equipment caught fire at Kurla.

The opposition members said that the State Government did not take timely action to mitigate the problem.

Leader of the Opposition in the Council, Mr Vinod Tawade, said the State Government could have pressed the State Transport Corporation buses from adjoining Raigad and Nashik districts into service to provide some relief to the train commuters, who were stranded in trains for four to five hours.

He said that if traffic policemen from other district should have been deployed in the city, it would have reduced traffic jams on the Eastern express highway. The State Government should have convened an emergency meeting with all the concerned authorities for tackle the situation.

Mr Tawade added that the State Government should apologise to the citizens of Mumbai for the hardship they had to face and negligence on part of the Government.

The Chief Minister, Mr Prithviraj Chavan, said that about only 67 per cent of train services have resumed. But they are behind schedule by about 20 minutes. Services will be normal on Friday, he said.

Published on March 12, 2018

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