Danapur (DNR): Ramesh Kumar Jha, who took over as new Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) at Danapur division of East Central Railway (ECR) on Wednesday, is likely to face tough challenges to run the division smoothly at a time when most of the trains are being cancelled due to burned route relay interlocking (RRI) system at Itarsi and umpteen passengers stranded in Patna.
Prior to his posting as new Danapur DRM, Jha, a product of 1987 batch of Indian Railway Service of Engineering (IRSE), was chief engineer in New Delhi under Northern Railway. During his 28 years of service, Jha piloted many railway projects successfully and earned laurels for the railways.
Danapur division lacks proper infrastructure to maintain smooth run of about 200 odd pairs of passenger trains either originating or passing through the division. It has Up and Down lines on the main line only particularly between Mughalsarai and Jhajha. The proposal for the third line between Ara and Fatuha is still pending with railway ministry for sanction.
The entire concourse area at Patna Junction is full of unauthorized people and vendors. As a result, it is very difficult to move freely with luggage during night hours or in the wee hours. Danapur division is transporting a large number of daily passengers on Buxar-Patna, Patna-Mokama, Patna-Gaya, Kiul-Gaya and Bakhtiarpur-Rajgir sections of the division. For them, the division has provided several pairs of local trains including MEMUs. Barring MEMUs, none of the local trains are running in time causing hardships to passengers mostly office goers.
Illegal stopping of trains, rampant cases of alarm chain pulling, frequent attacks on railway property by miscreants, drug menace and luggage lifting on running trains have badly affected the normal movement of trains in the division. The division has been found wanting on safety front too. The new DRM will have to work hard to ensure that all safety rules are strictly followed under the division.
Ensuring cleanliness on railway platforms not only at Patna Junction but at all major stations of the division would be an uphill task for the new DRM under the division. Ensuring punctuality of the trains affected badly recently tly been affected badly will be a major challenge for him at least for those trains originating from the division.