Chennai-based M Senthilnathan has been waiting for his train for the past 34 hours at Itarsi railway station on Thursday. And he’s not alone.
Due to the damage caused to the relay route interlocking (RRI) system in a fire accident, hundreds of passengers like him have been staying put at the station as their trains have either been cancelled or inordinately delayed.
"I have no option but to wait for my train. The train which I was supposed to board got cancelled. Now, I have booked my ticket in another South-bound train but it is also running late by over eight hours," Senthilnathan says.
Railway officials do not seem to have learned a lesson from past incidents.
In the past, the RRI at the Borivali railway station and Kurla railway station were damaged in fire accidents.
Commissioner of railway safety Chetan Bakshi said the railways must have an alternate arrangement to operate the trains.
The collapse of the system has not only caused financial loss to the railways but has affected the business of food stall vendors at the railway station, whose business has fallen to about 50%.