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Newly appointed general manager (GM) TP Singh of the Northern Railway on Friday urged the public not to trespass on railway property, especially when it is foggy.
On a visit to Ambala Cantonment for an inspection of ongoing projects to improve public amenities, the GM also talked about Train 18, which is undergoing a trial period in various parts of the country. He said: “Till date, in the history of Indian Railway, there has been no better train than Train 18, and it will be a game-changer. In other countries, this train was built at a cost of nearly Rs150 crore, while we have assembled it in Rs100 crore, saving Rs50 crore on a single train.”
Answering a question about an incident of failure of various equipment in Train 18 in the Chennai Division on November 5, the GM said: “Train 18 is still under the trial period, and this is why trials are conducted to identify any such problems which could arise in the train. The issues that occurred in Chennai are not major ones, and the Indian Railway is capable of fixing them.”
Answering another question about trespassing into railway property by public on the tracks, by two-wheelers and cyclist commuters at railway crossings, the GM said: “Specifically in the season of fog, we are running a campaign against trespassing into railway property through various channels. Railways and state governments do not have the capacity of deploying policemen at manned gates, and this is the public’s duty to obey traffic rules and stay safe while crossing railway property. We must be smart enough to understand how to keep ourselves safe while dealing in such situations, as was taught in schools.”
As per sources, Northern Railway has conducted one trial of Train 18 in the Moradabad section, and the office of senior divisional electrical engineer has instructed not to use regenerative braking during the trial of Train 18 in the Moradabad section. During his visit, the GM also planted a tree sapling in the Ambala Cantonment railway station premises.
This article first appeared on timesofindia.indiatimes.com
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