Major train mishap averted

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jul 2018 11:59:10



Our Correspondent


A major train accident was averted after huge boulders fell on the tracks following landslide between Bhanwartonk and Khodri Railway stations in the Bilaspur-Katni CIC section on early Monday morning. When the incident took place, the 15232 Gondia-Barauni Express was en-route to its destination, thanks to the Loco Pilot who sensed the danger ahead and applied emergency brakes to stop the train saving many innocent lives. On account of the landslide, entire Bilaspur-Katni CIC section was disrupted for hours together with many trains cancelled, short terminated and detained at other stations. As per information received from Railway sources, the incident was first reported by the Patrolman at about 04: 52 hrs early on Monday morning to the South East Central Railway Bilaspur Divisional Headquarters. Huge boulders had fallen on the tracks following landslide at route kilometer no.799/3-5 between Bhanwartonk and Khodri Railway stations. By that time the Gondia-Barauni Express was heading towards its destination in full speed.

The train was later reversed back to Bhanwartonk and detained for about two hours before it set off for further journey from the other track which was cleared at about 07:00 hours. After clearance of the boulder from the other line, traffic in the section was cleared at about 11:00 hours.
Senior Public Relations Officer Santosh Kumar informed that after clearing the down line the trains of both the directions werepassed one by one following detention in subsequent stations. Instantly after the incident was reported a posse of senior authorities along with relief team rushed to the spot and following a prolonged effort, managed to remove the debris and clear traffic in the section.

Kumar informed that due to the landslide the 68740 Bilaspur-Katni Local was short terminated at Uslapur Station and Returned back to Bilaspur as Special Train. Besides, the 68748 Katni-Bilaspur Passenger and 68749/68750 Shahdol-Ambikapur-Shahdol MEMU remained cancelled while the 19659 Shalimar-Udaipur Express was operated as Passenger train between Bilaspur and Anuppur for the benefit
of passengers.