NAGPUR: Officials of Central Railway Nagpur division heaved a sigh of relief after the up line railway track between Barbatpur and Magardoh opened for train traffic on Monday, four days after a portion of the track was washed away due to heavy rains.
“At 11am on Monday, 12295 Bangalore-Rajendra Nagar Sanghamitra Express was the first train to cross the restored track,” said PRO P D Patil. Although the track has been restored, at least a dozen trains coming from north were running behind schedule by 2 to 9 hours since they were operated on single (down line) track.
Due to heavy rains 30-metre portion of track had caved in after a part of the bridge across Machna river in MP collapsed. At least 15 sleepers and one OHE pole was swept away. “It was an arduous task. The damage was severe and officials were puzzled where to start repairs. Over 1,700 workers were deployed to fill the 40-foot gap beneath the track,” Patil said. Construction material like stones, boulders, sand and gravel was transported in 140 wagons.
Divisional railway manager (DRM) Brijesh Dixit along with senior officials camped at the spot to ensure the track was restored early. Yet it took over 100 hours to restore normalcy.