Non-maintenance of Tracks led to Mishap?

Kuneru (Vizianagaram): The railway network from K Singpur in Odisha to Parvathipuram in Andhra Pradesh appears to be no one’s child. This “loop line” is neglected and officials do not bother to maintain the railway track. It is feared that poor maintenance may have led to the derailment of Hirakhand Express train. The track was electrified about a year ago. But power supply has not yet been provided. Only diesel engines are used to haul the trains now. Waltair Divisional Railway Manager Chandralekha Mukherjee said, “Traction sub-station is not yet ready. Recently, two traction sub-stations were opened. But respective state governments have not provided power connection.”

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