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Fire hits Western Railway services in Maharashtra

IANS  |  Palghar (Maharashtra) 

The Western Railway's (WR) on the and New sectors were severely disrupted after two wagons of a goods train caught fire, with services resuming after 12 hours, officials said here on Friday.

A spokesperson said that the fire broke out near in a goods trains transporting a cargo of plastic granules from (Gujarat) to Uran (Raigad), around 10.45 p.m. on Thursday.

The blaze in the 15-16 bogies resulted in the and other railway assets also burning and falling down, following which the disconnected power supply, hitting all traffic movement in both directions.

Since then, all incoming and outgoing train traffic on the long-distance routes were disrupted, leading to cancellations, short-terminations, diversions, or rescheduling on the and New sectors.

The work on restoring the lines was taken up on a war-footing and finally the services started normalising shortly before noon on Friday.

Thousands of passengers in both directions, rushing to celebrate Diwali weekend along with Bhai Dooj, especially on the Mumbai-sector, complained that they were stranded for several hours owing to the disruptions.

However, the city's lifeline, remained unaffected on the Churchgate-Virar sector and was partially hit on the Virar-Dahanu routes.



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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 11:56 IST