Mumbai: Train services on Central and Western
lines were badly affected today as motormen, demanding wage
hike, went on an indefinite hunger strike today, causing lot
of inconvenience to commuters in the evening rush hour.
No train is running on Western line from 6.40 pm, railway
"Trains from Churchgate station are not running as
motormen have stopped work. Commuters can travel by long
distance trains from Mumbai Central as a few coaches have
been dedicated for local passengers," Western Railway PRO C
David said here.
Alternative arrangements have been made with the help
of BEST buses. Commuters can travel in BEST buses which are
plying from outside Churchgate station, David said.
Central line saw over 40 trains cancelled since morning
and commuters were travelling in long-distance trains, railway
"Trains on Central line are running late by 10-15
minutes. Central Railways are running 20 special services by
using conventional trains with electric or diesel locomotives
and also 4 EMU rakes with electric locomotives," Central
Railway PRO A K Jain said.
"Suburban passengers were also allowed to travel in
Mail/Express trains by giving them halts at Dadar, Thane, and
Kalyan," Jain said.
Motormen of Central and Western Railways have been
demanding rise in pay scales and allowance.
Throughout the day, 18 Motormen reported sick, out of
which 15 were declared fit and discharged from the hospital,
Railway officials said the State Government has
provided full support by running special buses from important
stations for the convenience of passengers and bandobast at