Suburban train services on the Central Railway's Main Line and Harbour Line were affected in Mumbai, as hundreds of motormen decided to go on strike on Friday.
According to Mid-Day, 558 motormen of the Central Railway Mazdoor Sangh (CRMS) had earlier submitted a letter to the authorities, saying that they would not work beyond their scheduled hours from 10 August.
"There is a vacancy of 229 motormen on the Central Railway and the motormen are working under immense stress. It would be unfair to make them work extra and hence, a decision has been taken that the motormen will not put in extra hours, since it may compromise safety," Amit Bhatnagar, CRMS vice-president, was quoted as saying in the report.
Though the strike was called off later in the day after the protesting motormen held a meeting with the railway authorities, several services were cancelled while others were delayed.
#CRUpdate | 79 CR services were canceled till 5pm as motormen refused to work overtime till 229 vacant spots were filled. Matter was resolved at 4:30pm after meeting of staff & authorities.
However, commuters should expect overcrowding, delay for some time (Video: Thane Station) pic.twitter.com/EIxEpsAfiA
— LocalPressCo Mumbai (@LocalPressCo) August 10, 2018
Commuters facing travel woes took to social media to share visuals of crowded stations.
How much should #Mumbaikar suffer? Yesterday was #MaharashtraBandh Today, #MotormanStrike #MumbaiLocal (Thane Pic) @Central_Railway @RailMinIndia @RailwaySeva pic.twitter.com/DTNPbhdIP7 — Farhan Ashfaq (@farhanqaafa) August 10, 2018
— Deepak Kapure (@kapuredeepak) August 10, 2018
The sea of people stranded at Ghatkopar stn due to motormen strike @RidlrMUM @smart_mumbaikar @CRailwayMumbai @PiyushGoyal #centralrailway #thane pic.twitter.com/FXTga9ni7L — Ninad Mundhe (@mundhe_ninad) August 10, 2018
This is how the working people are put in trouble not learning any lesson by railways in recruiting the Motormen. pic.twitter.com/aDxt4oz7Mq
— Ramana Murthy N V (@murthynvr) August 10, 2018
Updated Date: Aug 10, 2018 21:27 PM