Sindi track washout – Normalcy returns, but speed restrictions remains for trains

NAGPUR: After both the tracks were thrown open for traffic near Sindi between Nagpur and Sewagram, passenger train movement started rolling simultaneously on both the tracks that had been damaged due to rains on July 19.

After a 17-hour mega block on Thursday-Friday, the railways set everything right on the 360 metre damaged section of the track. More than 1,000 employees, including 100 officers, worked round-the-clock under the supervision of DRM Brijesh Dixit.

Central Railway PRO PD Patil informed that all the passenger trains will operate as scheduled and there will be no more diversion or short termination of trains. However, trains will continue to operate with speed restriction at the affected spot.

Meanwhile, passengers of Delhi-Chennai Rajdhani Express who arrived in Nagpur on July 24, have blamed the railways’ lack of communication for their hardship. “Rajdhani is the only train which has public announcement system inside. Yet, passengers were not informed about the diversion of trains. It was only at Bhusawal we learnt about it,” said a passenger.

The railways spent huge money on expanding IT network for sharing information and providing better services to the passengers but it failed to utilize the services in the hour of crisis. “Announcements should have been made at Delhi and other major stations in between but this was not done,” complained Sunil Razdan, another passenger.