After a week of incessant rains, 39 per cent of trains on Western Railway (WR) have been badly damaged and as of now, cannot be used.I've noticed in the last week that trains have been far more crowded than normal, because of their infrequency, and an Andheri Slow from Churchgate the other evening was as crowded as a Virar Fast. So commuting will get even tougher. (Here's an earlier post on this theme, though the piece it links to seems to be no longer online, alas.)
Central Railway (CR), meanwhile, has 26 damaged trains on the Main line and 10 on the Harbour line, of a total of 93 trains.
WR services will run on a frequency of seven minutes as against five minutes on normal days and services will be regularised by August 15.
CR commuters, however, have a nightmare ahead — trains every 10 minutes instead of four — which will be regularised by the end of August.
Meanwhile, PTI reports that Nashik has been hit hard by rains. And Rediff carries responses from readers on what steps can be taken to prevent such a disaster again here and here.