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Rly seeks to stop entry of heavy vehicles at Dhandhari crossing

Vandana Singh Vandana Singh, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, July 05, 2014
First Published: 13:22 IST(5/7/2014) | Last Updated: 13:32 IST(5/7/2014)

 Overloaded heavy vehicles not only create problems on roads but on railway tracks too. In the most recent example on Thursday, an overloaded truck’s axle broke at Dhandhari Railway Crossing and got stuck on the railway track, causing delay in the arrival and departure timings of many trains.

The New Delhi-Ludhiana Shatabdi Express also reached late here by over an hour.

Overloaded heavy vehicles passing through railway crossings, many a times, disturb the railway route, which is the reason the railway has now asked traffic police to stop the passage of these vehicles through this railway crossing.

It’s not the first time that such an incident has happened on Dhandhari and Sahnewal railway crossings, where heavy vehicles got stuck on the railway tracks, causing delay in timings of trains.

Residents also blame railway authorities for such incidents as “railway crossing at the Dhandhari crossing is above the road level”. Thus vehicles, whose ground clearance is low, find difficult to cross these railway tracks.”

Divisional traffic manager (DTM) Parminder Singh said, “Heavy vehicles find it difficult to cross the railway line here, while lightweight vehicles can pass through easily.”

“We have asked traffic police also to stop entry of overloaded trucks from these crossings,” he added.

He said, “The Dhandhari railway crossing also needs some repair and the concerned officials have been directed to do the same it as soon as possible.”


The Ferozepur Rail Division has set up an enquiry committee to investigate the causes of derailment of a goods train on Wednesday late evening in Ludhiana, which caused delay in arrival of many passengers train. DTM Parminder Singh said, “The division has set up an enquiry panel to investigate the cause of derailment.”


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