Mumbai local trains status: Train services resume between Matunga and CSMT

Train services between Matunga and CSMT resumed several hours after thousands of job seekers blocked the movement of several trains demanding regularisaton of their employment.

Mumbai local trains status: Train services resume between Matunga and CSMT

Mumbai: Train services between Matunga and CSMT resumed several hours after thousands of job seekers blocked the movement of several trains demanding regularisaton of their employment, causing difficulties to lakhs of commuters on Tuesday.

The Central Railways confirmed that train services between Matunga and CSMT have resumed from 1035 hours.

Central Railways had earlier issued helpline numbers after thousands of agitated students demanding jobs in railways blocked rail traffic, including suburban services between Matunga and Dadar stations, causing difficulties to lakhs of commuters.

The Central Railways issued a helpline number 020-23061763 and a local emergency helpline number 020-23004000 to help those seeking information about the movement of trains vis-a-vis the ongoing protest by the job seekers.

The Central Railways also informed that several trains were rescheduled due to the protest.

As per the information, at least 60 trains were said to be earlier running late or cancelled due to the agitation. Trains were, however, running between Kurla from Karjat/Kkasara and the passengers were allowed to travel on Harbour line. 

Meanwhile, the BEST also deployed special buses from Kurla-Matunga.

The 'rail roko' by job seekers began this morning, forcing railway to stop the suburban as well as express train in the affected section between Matunga and CSMT.

Entire four lines are affected between Matunga and CSMT, the reports said. 

Police and railway official are having talks with them, a Central Railway official said.

"There has been no recruitment since last four years. We are struggling from pillars to post. Over 10 students have committed suicide. We cannot let such things happen," a student who was part of the protest said.

"We will not budge from here until and unless Railway Minister Piyush Goyal come and meet us. Our several prayers made to DRM (Divisional Railway Manager of Mumbai Division) have failed," another student said.

"Mumbai Police along with GRP and RPF jawans are having talks with the students and railway's first priority was to clear the track first," Chief PRO of Central Railway Sunil Udasi said.

Thousands of students shouting slogans against railways held a placard in their hands demanding one-time settlement from GM quota and said that they demand jobs from government. 

(With PTI inputs)

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