Uphill Tasks ahead for new Danapur DRM

PATNA: Ranjan Prakash Thakur this week took over as the new DRM (Divisional Railway Manager) of the Danapur rail division.

An Indian Railway Traffic Service ( IRTS ) officer, Thakur was earlier a senior official at the Railway Board in New Delhi. He has piloted many railway projects successfully during his tenure of three decades in the railways.

The tasks at hand for Thakur as the Danapur DRM include smooth running of passenger trains in the division which lacks proper infrastructure. Around 260 pairs of passenger trains either originate or pass through the division which has Up and Down lines between Mughalsarai and Jhajha of the pre-independence era.

The railways has been sitting on a proposal for the third line between Mughalsarai and Mokama for long. The rush on the two existing lines often causes detention of mail and express trains at outer stations or signals.

“The division is facing about 160 to 170% saturation on these mainline tracks,” a Danapur official admitted.

While about one lakh passengers travel to and from Patna Junction, a large number of local passengers commute on the Buxar-Patna , Patna-Mokama , Patna-Gaya , Kiul-Gaya and Bakhtiarpur-Rajgir sections of the division. The division for them runs several pairs of local trains, including MEMUs and DEMUs, but few, if any, run on schedule.

Reports of alarm chain pulling, attack on railway property, drug menace and luggage lifting are quite commonplace in the division. Also, the division needs to improve safety measures for passenger.

Ensuring cleanliness on railway platforms would also be an equally uphill task for the new DRM.