Harda twin train mishap: 'Railway ignored MeT office alert'

  • Yogendra Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2015 21:19 IST

Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) of South Central Circle, DK Singh, who is inquiring into twin train mishap in Harda district, is learnt to have found that the railways failed to take the warning of heavy to very heavy rain issued by the local MeT office in Harda and surrounding places on the day of the incident seriously and react suitably.

The Hindustan Times, in its edition of August 6, had pointed out this fact prominently. The divisional railway manager (DRM), Bhopal, Alok Kumar had denied having received any warning from MeT office. The regional MeT office had claimed that they had informed the railway administration about the heavy rain through e-mail and telephone.

Sources said that DK Singh, who was in Harda for past two days, has concluded prima facie on the basis of his conversation with various stake holders that the railways was found lacking in reacting to MeT office warning of heavy to very heavy rain.

However, he has not found any evidence of role of water release from any of the dams in Narmada valley in the flash flood in village Kudwa, about 20 KM from Harda district headquarter, which caused the accident as the railway track coved in.

When contacted, Singh said that he would submit the probe report within 15 days. He refused to divulge the details of his findings. "I along with other officials from railway have visited the accident site twice and have recorded the statements of all stakeholders. The final reports would come within 15 days," Singh told HT over phone.

More than 30 people died and 25 injured when the Kamayani Express and the Janta Express derailed within minutes of each other while crossing a small bridge between Khirakia and Bhirangi railway stations on August 4. The Kamayani Express was headed to Varanasi from Mumbai, while the Janta Express was en route to Mumbai from Patna when the accident took place.

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