Three derailments and one near miss, Railways faces tough day

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Sep 2017 08:40:14



THREE trains jumped off the tracks and another derailment was averted on Thursday in Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and Maharashtra within a span of nine hours, the latest in a string of such incidents which saw the exit of Suresh Prabhu as Railway Minister in the Cabinet reshuffle last Sunday.
The first derailment occurred at 6:25 am when seven coaches of the Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express went off the tracks near the Obra Dam station in UP’s Sonbhadra district.

Within hours, at around 11:45 pm, the Ranchi-Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed near Minto bridge in the national capital, leaving one person injured. These were followed by yet another derailment of a goods train in Maharashtra’s Khandala at 3:55 pm, railway officials said.
An accident was averted after locals spotted a fracture in a track between Farrukhabad and Fatehgarh in UP, minutes before the Kalindi Express was scheduled to pass the place, officials said in Farrukhabad.

Ironically, these mishaps occurred on a day Piyush Goyal, the new railway minister, chaired a high-level meeting with Railway Board officials to discuss ways for ensuring safe operation of trains.

The spate of derailments over the past few weeks has raised concerns over the safety of railway operations despite large-scale overhaul of the infrastructure of the public sector transporter in the last couple of years.

Railway Ministry officials said Thursday’s derailments did not result in any major damage or casualties as all of them were approaching stations and were travelling at slow speed.
“We are upping our efforts to stop such incidents. In these cases also, our officials took immediate measures to make sure that the passengers do not suffer. We cleared the tracks quickly and the minister has issued instructions to officials to probe the matter,” said Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena.

Seven coaches of Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express derailed near Obera railway station in Sonbhadra district on Thursday. No causalities were reported.

The train, which was coming from Howrah, went off the track around 6:25 AM. After the accident, seven damaged bogies were removed and the train left for its destination.
The engine and power car of the Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani derailed at 11:45 am as it was approaching the Delhi railway station. One person was injured in the mishap.
Meanwhile, two wagons of a goods train derailed near Khandala at around 3:55 pm.

Another train accident was averted as a fracture in the track was detected between Farrukhabad and Fatehgarh, minutes before the Kalindi Express was scheduled to pass, officials said.
Alert locals managed to get the Delhi-Kanpur Kalindi Express stopped before the damaged portion of the track, police officials said.

Railway officials, accompanied by local police, visited the spot near Bhopatpatti and the train left for its destination after 30 minutes.