By Arun George

The agitation by motormen on Mumbai’s suburban railway is not the first the city has seen in recent times.

Commuters cross railway tracks in Mumbai May 4, 2010. REUTERS/Arko DattaBut it has been among the worst with chaos in the city as people tried to deal with the sudden absence of the arterial transport system.

Even the trial of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the sole gunman arrested in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was not spared. Staff working in the court could not reach on time.

The suburban railway is Mumbai’s lifeline and ferries more than 6 million commuters during peak hours everyday.

Mumbai’s citizens, feted for their resilience, used any and all means to get to their destinations.