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Kasara: Rail services to be restored today

mumbai Updated: Jul 21, 2012 01:22 IST
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Vidarbha Express

Railway services between Kalyan and Kasara that were disrupted — after the collision between a CST-bound local and the Vidarbha Express — will be fully restored by Saturday.

One woman died, and 14 were injured in the collision.

At around 9.31pm on Thursday, the Gondia-bound Vidarbha Express had crashed into the N-30 Kasara local, which had derailed between Kasara and Umbermali stations after it ran into a huge boulder that had rolled onto the tracks after a landslide.

Hundreds of railway men and machinery were enlisted to restore train services.

“Within the next 24 hours, we will restore the rail traffic in the section,” said Subodh Jain, general manager, Central Railway (CR), on Friday. He was inspecting restoration work through the night at the accident site.

The continuous rain in the area complicated efforts to resume services. Both tracks were closed after the derailment.

Shakeela Quereshi, 65, a Titwala resident, died and four were seriously injured in the accident. Nine others sustained minor injuries. Seriously injured passengers were shifted to Suvidha Hospital in Nashik, after primary treatment at Kasara.

The railway ministry has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the next-of-kin of Quereshi, Rs. 1 lakh each to those grievously injured, and Rs. 25,000 each to those who sustained minor injuries.

Minister of state for railways, KH Muniappa along with Railway Board chairman Vinay Mittal and other railway officials, visited the spot of the accident to review the restoration work and later visited injured passengers at Kasara and Nashik.

“The commissioner of railway safety will probe the accident,” said Jain and added that railway safety commissioner had inspected the accident site on Thursday night and a formal notification regarding the enquiry was expected soon.

CR’s suburban services were running till Asangaon and mail-express trains were diverted to other routes as the Kalyan-Kasara section was shut after the accident.

CR had restored rail traffic on tracks toward CST by around 8pm on Friday.