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Day 2: More chaos

FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY night?s derailment of a goods train in the Moradabad division, several trains were cancelled and many others ran behind schedule in the Lucknow division for the second consecutive day, on Friday.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2006 01:19 IST

FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY night’s derailment of a goods train in the Moradabad division, several trains were cancelled and many others ran behind schedule in the Lucknow division for the second consecutive day, on Friday.

Though the railway authorities including DRM, Northern Railway (NR), RK Gupta continued to monitor the situation round the clock, important trains like 3152 Kolkata-bound Sealdah Express and 3027/3028 Vibhuti Express had to be cancelled. Both trains would not reach Lucknow and Varanasi, respectively on Saturday. Two Lucknow-Kanpur memu trains 2 LKM-3LKM too have been cancelled.

Besides 4265 Janata Express and 4257 Kashi Vishwanath were running abnormally late, while 2419 Gomti Express too was delayed. That apart, 4673 UP Shaheed Express (Delhi via Bareilly) was running 14 hours behind schedule when last reports came in.

Similar was the fate of 5006 Dn Dehradun-Gorakhpur Express that was running 10 hours late while 5001 Dn Rapti Sagar Express, 3307 UP Kisan Express (Ferozepur via Bareilly), 3005 UP Howrah-Amritsar Mail, 3009 UP Dehradun Express (via Bareilly to Haridwar) too were running late.

On being contacted PRO, NR, Geetanjali Kame while admitting that passengers had to face problems due to cancellations and delays, she said that the railway authorities had a Herculean task of managing arrival of trains at their destination station despite the track-blockage in Moradabad division.

“The route where the derailment took place sees heavy movement of rail traffic specially around the time when the incident took place. More than 300 trains pass through the route at short intervals. However, since the Railways were ready with an alternative strategy, most of the trains, despite being delayed, did reach their destination station. You have to understand the functioning of railways,” she said.

Incidentally, Kame who was returning to Lucknow from Delhi by Lucknow Mail on Thursday herself found her train running late and finally arriving at the Lucknow junction around 10.30 pm (scheduled arrival being around 7 am).

“The common man just looks at the problem. But, managing trains is not an easy task. One should compliment Railways for clearing the affected route in the Moradabad division in a few hours despite the fact that there was no easy access for a crane to reach the spot. In Lucknow division too, we did our best under the circumstances,” she said. DRM RK Gupta who had gone to Varanasi for the inspection visit of Railways minister Lalu Yadav on Wednesday rushed back and continued to monitor the scene while being onboard the train. “It was a very taxing exercise. I remained in touch with the officials right till the end. The drivers of those trains who were diverted had to be changed and other basic aspects like water, refund etc had to be ensured,” Gupta said.

First Published: Jun 10, 2006 01:19 IST