The West Central Railways has taken a series of measures, including installation of alarm systems on the railway bridges, to deal with any emergency situation this monsoon.
In August last year, Kamayani and Janata express derailed at a spot, 20 km southwest of Harda, killing 31 passengers and injuring 100 others.
The rail tracks had caved in after rain eroded soil beneath the track running up to a bridge over Machak river.
“The Bhopal division of West Central Railway has identified about six accident-prone spots, including the arch bridge over Machak river in Harda. We have taken measures to prevent another Harda-like accident and to ensure no disruption in train services,” public relation officer, West Central Railway, Bhopal division, I Siddiqui said.
The alarm systems will alert railway authorities about the rising water level on the tracks by sending an SMS on their mobile phones.
“Authorities will then send the message to railway control room, which in turn, will alert the railway stations located near the bridges. The message will be finally relayed to loco-pilots cautioning them about the situation,” Siddiqui said.
The railway authorities are in regular touch with the meteorological department in Bhopal to get regular updates every two hours about the weather.
Several teams are deployed near the accident-prone spots, he added.
Goods-train wagons having maintenance and repair material have been stationed at railway stations to help these teams.
“Loco-pilots have been advised to take utmost caution while driving trains in the rains,” Siddiqui added.