11 Jul 2024  |   07:44am IST

As mud piles in Pernem rail tunnel, seven trains cancelled

Passengers sent from Sawantwadi to Tivim by buses for onward journey

Team Herald

PERNEM: Due to the heavy rains, water and mud from below the tracks surfaced in the railway tunnel ahead of the Malpem- Pernem Railway station on Tuesday afternoon. Although the same was cleared and train services were restored, the problem recurred at Tuesday night due to heavy rains.

Rail services were thrown out of gear and seven trains were cancelled. Work was on, through the whole of Wednesday to remove the mud and water.  

About 150 labourers were employed by the Konkan Railway in the tunnel to remove the debris.

Meanwhile, Konkan railway ran the trains from Mumbai to Sawantwadi. From Sawantwadi rail passengers were ferried to Thivim by bus for their onwards journey by train. There was hope of train services resuming by Thursday.


Traffic on Konkan Railway route restored on Wednesday night

PERNEM: The traffic on the Konkan Railway route was restored by 8.35 pm on Wednesday. The traffic was disrupted since Tuesday evening due to inundation of tunnel at Pernem with slurry and water.  As water was oozing out continuously and with higher intensity, the rail traffic which was started at 10.30 pm on Tuesday was stopped at around 2.30 am on Wednesday.  KRC posted on his X handle, “Traffic on the Konkan Railway route has been restored after meticulous work by the KR team. TFC (track fit certificate) was issued at 20.35 hrs.” When contacted, KRC deputy general manager Baban Ghatge said that the route was restored at 8.35 pm on Wednesday. He said that first an empty train will proceed from Sawantwadi to Mangaluru followed by other trains as most of the trains had been either been diverted, halted at Sawantwadi railway station and few were cancelled. 

Due to the heavy rains, water and mud from below the tracks surfaced in the railway tunnel ahead of the Malpem-Pernem railway station on Tuesday. Although the same was cleared and train services were restored, the problem recurred early Wednesday morning.


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