Track work to hit train services

Dhanbad April 13: Rail passengers will be inconvenienced for a few days as several trains are likely to be cancelled, rescheduled or delayed for a week to facilitate work on tracks.

The Dhanbad division of East Central Railway (ECR) is switching over to an electronic signal system from the existing manual system, work on which is set to begin from Sunday (April 14) midnight, ensuring that passenger travel is that much more safer.

Though primary work on the route relay interlocking (RRI) system had already been undertaken earlier this year, the main switch over to the electronic mode of track changing for trains will take place from April 14 to April 20.

Over 700 technicians and workers have already arrived in Dhanbad from places like Hajipur, Danapur, Mughalsarai and Gaya to complete the installation process.

Senior divisional commercial manager, ECR, Dhanbad, Dayanand said: “The RRI work was long overdue. Passengers should brace for some difficulties as train schedules had to be changed. But then it’s for their benefit as the new system will not only ensure faster movement of trains but also greater safety.”

At least 10 trains, two express and eight passenger, have been cancelled (see box). Several other trains have been diverted.

Sources said three platforms of Dhanbad station — 1, 4 and 5 — will be the busiest during that period and no train would be allowed to halt there for more than 5 minutes. “There is a possibility that several trains will be delayed,” said an official.