Konkan Railway has a pathetic record of punctuality. I can appreciate about the single line functioning for both Up and Down traffic. Heavy traffic both passenger and goods can cause a lot of disturbance in schedules. This can and has to be improved by doubling the lines.
But what is shocking is that when there is a change over from Konkan Railway to Central Railway, Konkan Railway is just held back. This invariably happens regularly between Roha, Panvel, Diva and Thane.
Recently, I was travelling from Madgaon to Mumbai by Mangalore Mumbai Superfast. This train was first held up between stations (not on the platform) regularly first at Roha, Panvel, Diva and Thane. There was a delay of more than half the journey time between Madgaon and Mumbai i.e. against the scheduled 8 hours by more than 5 hours. No services were provided because the train was halted outside the stations, thereby depriving passengers of basic requirement of water, let alone refreshments. Water in the toilets was over leaving them stinking.
The main purpose of booking by this train was to avoid peak hour traffic. I invariably landed into this inconvenient time just because of the delay. A train which should have landed in Mumbai at 4 AM was thrust into the peak hours thereby put me into all sorts of problems including travelling by local trains to my house, which I reached after noon.
The staff on this train said that this is a regular feature. They say that Konkan Railway gets step-motherly treatment upon entering the Central Railway Zone.
Could the Railway Minister or his staff explain this delay and look into this to give relief to passengers?