Bishramganj: At a time when the NFR is contemplating to introduce passenger train service upto Udaipur via Agartala, a ballast train on Sunday derailed near Jangalia in Bishalgarh subdivision putting a question mark on the quality of works.
According to sources, the ballast train, which was going to Udaipur, has got stuck on the newly built BG track at Jangalia this afternoon. The mishap caused extensive damage to BG track due to the derailment.
After receiving the information, NFR officials, engineers and workers rushed to the spot and trying hard to clear the track at the earliest. However, the track is yet to be cleared till the report last came in.
When contacted, Superintendent of Police (SP). GRP Jitendra Debbarma confirmed the ballast train derailment near Jangalia in Bishalgarh subdivision on Sunday evening .
“NFR officials are camping there to recover the ballast train”, he said.
According to NFR sources, derailment of ballast train is a common phenomenon after laying of track. “Running of ballast and goods trains is routine process to check the quality of track. Efforts are on to remove the ill-fated ballast train”, said a NFR official tonight.
Meanwhile, the much awaited passenger service from Agartala is likely to commence by end of April.
The NFR, which is supposed to declare the date for commencement of passenger train service at the earliest, is yet to do the same.
Earlier, it was anticipated that the passenger train service would be kicked start from April 14 as the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) had cleared the newly built track for running passenger trains.
Aftermath of defects on tracks in some areas including Panisagar and Dharmanagar, the NFR wants to repair the damaged railway route to ensure foolproof safety.
When contacted, Dy Chief Engineer, who is the in-charge BN Bhaskar has said, “I have no information about the commencement of train service on the newly built track”.
While Chief PRO DC Bora could not be reached tonight, Transport Secretary Samarjit Bhowmik said, “I am out of the state could not provide any update on the commencement of passenger train service”.
The NFR plans to start passenger train service by April 30 after fulfilling all procedures, according to sources.