Vande Bharat Express runs over cattle in Gujarat, suffers minor damage

The semi-high-speed train was flagged off by Prime Minister on September 30 this year. This was the fourth such incident since the Vande Bharat train service started on this route from September 30.

Kamal MishraUpdated: Friday, December 02, 2022, 10:58 AM IST
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The Vande Bharat Express – running between Mumbai Central and Gandhinagar (Gujarat) – rammed into cattle once again. The incident was reported between Udvada and Vapi in the Mumbai Central division of Western Railway (WR). The train was on its way from Gandhinagar to Mumbai Central when the incident occurred at 6.23 pm on Thursday. Due to the accident, the train was delayed for about 12 minutes.

“There was a minor dent in the front portion with no operational issue. The dent will be attended to tonight,” said a WR spokesperson.

This was the fourth such incident since the inauguration of the train on September 30.

Earlier On October 6, the train, which has a maximum speed of 130 kmph, rammed into four buffaloes between Vatva and Maninagar stations in Gujarat on its way to Gandhinagar from Mumbai. Its nose panel had to be replaced.

The next day (October 7), the train hit a cow near Anand in Gujarat, while on its way to Mumbai.

On October 29, the train was delayed for about 15 minutes after a cattle runover incident was reported near Atul in Mumbai Central Division.

Earlier, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that the railway approved the new design of constructing boundary walls, and the fencing of all major routes will be completed soon.

Vande Bharat Express and Cattle

On October 6, the train, which has a maximum speed of 130 kmph, ran over four buffaloes between Vatva and Maninagar stations in Gujarat on its way to Gandhinagar from Mumbai. Its nose panel had to be replaced overnight.

The next day (October 7), the train hit a cow near Anand in Gujarat while on its way to Mumbai. 

On October 29, a Vande Bharat train was delayed for about 15 minutes after a cattle runover incident was reported near Atul in Mumbai Central Division.

Boundry wall to avoid such accidents

In November, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that the railway approved the new design of constructing boundary walls and fencing of all major routes and it will be completed soon. 

This comes amid the recent cases of cattle being overrun by trains.

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