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Irrigation dept washes its hands off train mishap


BHOPAL : As per the railways sources, the section where two trains derailed due to the sudden flow of water on the tracks has no history of being vulnerable to accidents in rainy season and hence the Railway officials had not anticipated a tragedy to such magnitude at that spot. Regular monsoon patrolling was not being done between Khirkia and Bhirangi section as going by the past history the officials did not find it vulnerable to accidents in rainy season.

Besides, executive engineer (irrigation department, Harda) Akhilesh Gupta has said, “The issue has been raised that water was released from Amakhal dam so all of sudden water accumulated over Railway tracks. In fact, the dam is un-gated and water keeps on flowing automatically so there is no question of releasing water from Amakhal Dam which is 35 kilometre away from the actual site of accident (Manjhala village).”

Gupta said,   “The culvert where twin trains derailed was constructed by railways itself for the outlet of backwater and rainy water. It may be due to heavy rains as it was 11 inch rainfall in Harda district in the meantime.”

The railways has clarified that exact reason behind the twin trains derailment would be known after the probe only. It means that the railway will carry out intensive investigation but it has become a matter of controversy if it was the backwater of Indira Sagar Dam or flash flood which was responsible for soil erosion at railway tracks.

The railway has been repeatedly saying that goods train and Pawan Express had passed through the same tracks but when LTT- Varanasi Kamayani Express and Rajendra Nagar-LTT Janata Express were passing they derailed leading to the major accident. It shows that all of sudden water accumulated near Railway tracks at Majhala village.

Divisional Commerce Railway Manager Brijendra Kumar said, “It is a matter of investigation. The railways’ team will make inquiry to know the exact reasons leading to twin train accident.”

The chairman of the Railway Board, A.K. Mittal has already said, “The derailment of the two trains near Harda in Madhya Pradesh may have been caused by a sudden flash flood. Ten minutes ago, at this spot, train movement was normal and there was no problem. It appears that suddenly a flash flood took place in ten minutes time which resulted in disturbance of railway track, and consequently, in the derailment of the two trains.”

50 trains cancelled due to Harda train mishap

Fifty trains have been cancelled due to twin train accident at Harda on Thursday. The names of the trains which have been cancelled include Lucknow-Pune, Nizamuddin-Kolhapur, Varanasi-LTT, Pratapgarh-LTT, Nizamuddin-Ernakulam, Nagpur-Bhusawal, Itarsi-Bhusawal, LTT- Chhapra, Mumbai CST- Varanasi, LTT-Varanasi, LTT-Haridwar, LTT-Bhagalpur, Nanded-Sriganganagar, LTT-Gorakhpur, LTT-Jai Nagar, Surat-Chapra, Bhusawal-Allahabad, Amritsar, Mumbai CST, Chhapra-LTT, Darbhanga-LTT, Faizabad-LTT, Varanasi-LTT, Lucknow-LTT, Rajendra Nagar-LTT, Kamakhya-LTT, Gorakhpur, Raxoul-LTT, Rajendra Nagar-LTT, Gorakhpur-LTT, Gorakhpur-Pune, Varanasi-Mysore, Kalka- Sai Nagar Shirdi, Una Himachal- Nanded, Katni- Bhusawal, Pune-Gorakhpur, Mumbai CST-Amritsar, LTT-Dharbhanga, Pune- Jammutawi, LTT-Rajendra Nagar, Pune-Patna, LTT-Habibganj, Mumbai CST- Jabalpur, Ernakulam-Nizamuddin, Yasharidwarnatpur-Nizamuddin, LTT-Rajendra Nagar, Mysore-Varanasi, Ahmadabad-Allahabad and Bhusawal-Itarsi.