The Central Railway said rail traffic between Dadar and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus was affected. Meanwhile, some railway officials have reached the spot and are trying to negotiate with the protesting students.
The protestors who have passed the Railway act apprentice exam are demanding a removal of 20% upper limit in the hiring of candidates for Railway jobs. After the intervention of top CR officials and the Railway Ministry with a written assurance to the protestors, the agitation was finally withdrawn at around 10.45 a.m.
Mumbai: Several agitated students demanding jobs in Indian Railways on Tuesday blocked the railway tracks, including suburban services between Matunga and Dardar stations. Angry and frustrated commuters started tweeting about the situation. Due to this, trains between Kurla and Dadar stations remain suspended.
Students shouting slogans against railways held placards in their hands demanding one-time settlement from GM quota and said they were demanding jobs from the government. "Apprentices can apply against this notification, and Special Examination will shortly be held for Apprentices who have done training in Railway Workshops under Apprentices Act".
Local trains are the lifeline of India's financial capital and any disruption of services cripples movement in the city.
As per the information, at least 60 trains were said to be earlier running late or cancelled due to the agitation.
These students are protesting against the confusion surrounding railway recruitment. "We can not let such things happen", a student who was part of the protest said.
"Mumbai police along with GRP and RPF jawans are having talks with the students and railway's first priority was to clear the track first", Chief PRO of Central Railway Sunil Udasi said. They are conducting lathi charge to ensure students move out of the tracks. Lakhs of commuters have been affected as suburban trains (Mumbai locals) are not being able to run as per schedule.