A major tragedy on railway tracks was averted after a passenger alerted the concerned officials about a crack on the railway track. The incident took place near Karchha station in Madhya Pradesh‘s Ujjain district. After the incident was reported, the traffic on the following track was brought to a halt. The incident took place while the Indore-Jodhpur-Ranthambore Express was on tracks.

The passenger who had alerted the authorities was later identified as Akshay Bali, who had boarded the train from Dewas station. While talking to reporters, he said that he had noticed a crack on the railway track some feet away from where the train was standing.

He said, “The train stopped near Karchha after running over some animal at 7:15 AM. I got down and noticed that the track had cracked 30 feet away from the spot where I was standing.” “Before I could alert the train driver, the train chugged off, but luckily at a slow pace. I alerted railway staff on the train,” he added.

Commenting on the matter, a railway official said that after getting the information the train was immediately stopped. The traffic on the route was resumed after the track was repaired.

Piyush Goyal, who was recently awarded the Rail Ministry after Suresh Prabhu, is also facing criticism over the lack of facilities and the deteriorating services at almost all the railway stations across the nation.

The railway ministry was recently put to question after a stampede broke out at Elphinstone station’s foot-over bridge. The reports claimed that the authorities had been pushing the process of revamping the bridge for over 3-years.

After the incident, the opposition also questioned the centre over their ‘Bullet Train’ agenda. The BJP was cornered after its ally, Shiv Sena’s Raj Thackeray claimed that ‘India does not need enemies like Pakistan as railways was enough to kill people.’

First Published | 5 October 2017 8:19 AM
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