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Railways begin probe into accident

Neha Ghatpande, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 18, 2011
First Published: 01:53 IST(18/1/2011) | Last Updated: 01:54 IST(18/1/2011)

A team consisting senior railway officers has started investigating into Sunday’s accident where a semi-fast train, which was pulling into Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, overshot on platform no 4, injuring eight commuters.

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The incident took place around 9.30am when the train, which was coming from Dombivli, overshot at CST and crashed into the iron panels on platform no 4.

The Central Railway (CR) has ordered an inquiry to check if the fault in the German-made Siemens rakes or was it the misjudgement by the motorman.

The National Railway Mazdoor Union (NRMU) has decided to wait for the report and then take the necessary action. “We have called the committee meeting on Wednesday in which all the Union members will decide the course of action. We will abide by the rules and support the motorman,” said a senior member of the union, requesting anonymity.    

According to the NRMU, the German-made trains have a braking problem. When the brakes are applied at the speed of 10kmph, sometimes they do not affect the wheels, causing the motorman losing control over the train. 

There are 115 new German-made Siemens trains are running on both the central and the western railway. “Despite registering complaints continuously against these trains, the CR authority has not bothered to pay attention. Now, they will try to blame the motorman,” said the officer. Government railway police commissioner, Tukaram Chavan said, “There is no complaint filed yet against the motorman. It is completely in hands of CR authority to file the complaint.”


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