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BHOPAL: A crack developed on one of the tracks at Bhopal railway station on Saturday which resulted in more than an hour's delay in arrival of Rewanchal Express. Incident occurred around 5.50 am.
Once news reached control room, Rewanchal Express that was on track was pushed back and track was repaired by officials of PWD department.
Once track was repaired, Rewanchal Express departed for Habibganj after more than an hour. During the exercise, various trains arriving or departing were halted at other platforms.
According to information received from the railways, washable apron at platform No. 1 is almost 12 years old and has exhausted its shelf life. Because of high pressure from trains, tracks attached to it get cracked from time to time.
Railway sources said budget for a new apron has been proposed this time and soon tenders would be issued. Also, this is not the first time that cracks have developed on the track.
On March 22 this year, Hyderabad-bound Dakshin Express was to arrive at platform number 1 at Bhopal railway station and while train was slowing down to halt at platform, a railway employee Rajiv Chauhan noticed a minor fracture on the track in front of refreshment room.
Thereafter, he raised an alarm and other officials alerted driver and guard through walkie-talkie. By then, two coaches had already passed over the fractured track. Once driver received the information over walkie-talkie, he applied emergency brakes after which the train came to a halt. No one was reportedly hurt.
This article first appeared on timesofindia.indiatimes.com
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