Traffic affected in Mumbai as students block railway tracks demanding jobs

Traffic affected in Mumbai as students block railway tracks demanding jobs”

Mumbai: Scores of agitated students demanding jobs in railways blocked rail traffic, including suburban services between Matunga and Dadar stations, causing difficulties to lakhs of commuters on Tuesday, a Central Railway official said. Meanwhile, some railway officials have reached the spot and are trying to negotiate with the protesting students. The protesters stopped local train services between Matunga and CSMT (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) of the Central Line.

Police personnel were rushed to the spot soon after the protests gained momentum.

The local railway network is the beating heart of Mumbai as millions of people commute every morning to work but on Tuesday, the Central Railway line in the capital city of Maharashtra stuttered to function smoothly. However, Ministry of Railways have taken a decision and reserved 20% of the seats filled through direct recruitment.

The students blocked the rail track at 7 am, forcing railway to stop the suburban as well as express train in the affected section between Matunga and CSMT. They are conducting lathi charge to ensure students move out of the tracks. Not just local trains but even long-distance trains have been impacted due to this agitation. Apprentice students, who have worked for many years but have not been recruited, are leading these protests.

Speaking to the media, students alleged that police resorted to lathicharge. "The Up slow local trains are terminating at Kurla and returning as special in down direction", a senior railway official said.

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