Pune-Kolhapur track restored in 24 hours, train services resumed

Pune: The Central Railway team took 24 hours to restore train traffic on the Pune-Kolhapur section that had halted since Wednesday morning after 16 wagons of the Guwahati-bound goods train derailed near Adarki station about 109 km from here.

About 200m of the track section was uprooted. The administration completed repairs and restoration around 4.20am on Thursday.

After a trial run, the track was opened for movement of passenger trains. No trains were canceled or diverted on Thursday, officials said.

The derailment on Wednesday at 5am near Adarki station led to cancellations and diversion of trains in the Pune-Kolhapur section. The administration had deployed about 500 labourers, a couple of cranes, earthmovers and other machinery to restore the track and remove the derailed wagons.

A senior official at the site said, “An empty goods train ran on the repaired track as a trial. The track was opened for passenger trains after all parameters were put in place. A team of officials and 150 labourers are still at the site to check the movement of trains and alignment of tracks after repairs. They are checking if there is any displacement and damage to the track after the restoration work.”

Trains will slow down on this stretch for the next few days. The derailed train was carrying sugar from Sangli to Guwahati. The official said the accident spot is in a difficult terrain. The area is hilly and the track also has six-degree bend. It was a challenging to move the derailed wagons, officials added.

The first train that passed over the repaired section was a passenger to Pune.

Meanwhile, officials said they would be conducting an inquiry. “Wagons placed in the middle section of the train derailed. We will have to study various points to find out the reason that caused this derailment. Wagons near the engine or the guard’s cabin remained on track,” they added.