A day after a sand-filled truck fell on railway tracks while crossing Bhandari Bridge, as a side ramp of the bridge collapsed under the weight of the vehicle, railways on Saturday went on to assess the loss it suffered while the Government Railway Police Force (GRPF) booked an unidentified person for causing damage to government property and rash driving.However, police yet to trace the owner of the truck.
The incident led to disruption of rail traffic.
The GRPF officials are likely contact the district transport officer (DTO) in their quest to trace the owner of the truck, as the vehicle bears Amritsar district registration number.
Meanwhile, the GRPF has taken the truck in their custody and will get it examined mechanically to determine the causes of the accident - whether the accident had occurred due to brake failure or it was the fault of the driver.
When contacted, railway officials told Hindustan Times that the damage caused by the incident was being assessed. According to procedure, the engineering, traffic, operating and mechanical wings of the railways will prepare a joint note for the divisional railway manager (DRM), Ferozepur, explaining the reasons of the accident and the damage suffered.
According to preliminary assessments, the loss to the railways could be around `50 lakh, including a loss of `6 lakh due to damage caused to the high voltage electric wires that move the trains.
However, the major loss was inflicted by the cancellation of 24 passenger trains following the snapping of the electric wires and blockade of the tracks. The refund could come to a whopping `40 lakh.
According to rules, the railways is authorised to recover the loss from the owner of the truck. Besides the criminal case, the railways will also file a compensation suite against the owner of the truck. And if the owner fails to pay the compensation, his property could be attached by the railways.
The collapsed ramp will be taken up for repair by the railways. A team has already made an assessment of the collapsed portion and the repair will begin next week.
Meanwhile, traffic snarls continued at Bhandari Bridge, especially from the Cooper Road side.