Trains running late due to fog, passengers suffer

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jan 2018 10:16:20

Staff Reporter,

At least ten trains were delayed due to foggy weather in Northern part of India on Friday. Many passengers were seeing waiting for their train at Bhopal and Habibganj stations in shivering cold for hours. According to reports, train no 12002 NDLS-BPL Shatabdi Express was delayed by 4 hours, 12721 Hyb-Nzm Dakshin Express was delayed by 1:08 hours, 15029 Gkp-Pune Express was delayed by 8:39 hours, 11016 Kushinagar Express remained delayed by 6:27 hours, train no 12001 Bpl-NDLS Shatabdi Express remained delay by 3:30 hours, 12541 Gkp-LTT Superfast was delayed by 5:12 hours, 12616 GT express remained delay by 13:51 hours, 22458 NLDM-NED Superfast Express delayed by 9:43 hours and train no 11058 ASR-CSMT express remained delay by 10:24 hours.

Talking about the status of trains, railway officials said there is dense fog in weather in Northern part of India so trains are getting late. Railway has suggested passengers to check the live status of trains before leaving home so that would not need to wait at the station. Notably, railway witness several train delay due to foggy weather during winter. Being concerned for safety of trains several discussions were made by railway officials to get the GPS driven anti-fogging device for past five years but all seems to be in vain. The anti-fogging device could not be installed in any trains under West Central Railway including the Bhopal division.

Bhopal railway proposed authorities to check the success of device to combat accidents and the huge monetary losses caused by fogs during winters. However, there is no planning for installing the GPS device in trains under Bhopal division. In year 2011, Northern Railway introduced the device on trail basis and about 1000 fog safety device were installed on different trains. The project would cost railway more than Rs 2,000 crore just for limited time period. Earlier in year 2010, Railway officials simply denied to have the device explaining huge cost.