1. Special Railways train travels 160 km in wrong direction, leaves 1500 farmers stranded in Madhya Pradesh

Special Railways train travels 160 km in wrong direction, leaves 1500 farmers stranded in Madhya Pradesh

In a strange incident of negligence, over 1500 farmers who were travelling to Maharashtra from Delhi in a special train were left stuck at Madhya Pradesh’s Banmor station after the train travelled 160 kilometres in the wrong direction.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2017 7:49 PM
Indian Railways (Representational Image, Source: PTI)

In a strange incident of negligence, over 1500 farmers who were travelling to Maharashtra from Delhi in a special train were left stuck at Madhya Pradesh’s Banmor station after the train travelled 160 kilometres in the wrong direction. According to a report by CNN-News 18, these farmers had gone to attend Kisan Yatra in Delhi. While they were returning to New Delhi, the train took them 160 kilometres in the wrong direction, finally stopping at Madhya Pradesh’s Banmor station. Notably, even the Railways authorities are clueless about what needed to be done.

The reason behind it that is being reported is that the train was given a faulty signal after which it took the wrong route and continued to travel in that direction. Finally, the train stopped in Madhya Pradesh. Talking about the incident, a passenger said that the driver was given a wrong signal at the Mathura station which led to the goof up. “When we spoke to the driver, he said there was a wrong signal at the Mathura railway station which led to the goof up. It looks like we will reach by Thursday morning,” he said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country had on Monday gathered in the national capital to attend ‘Kisan Mukti Sansad’ or farmers’ liberation parliament, demanding a one-time total farm debt waiver and remunerative prices for their produce. A special train was arranged for the thousands of protesting farmers including 200 women and was booked by farmers from Kohlapur in Maharashtra. The train was booked for a whopping cost of Rs 39 lakh for this journey.

As the passengers approached the station master for information, he pleaded ignorance about the route plan and declined to give them a green signal. After a delay of over one and half hour, the passengers then ran out of patience and created a ruckus by stopping a goods train.

“We left Delhi at 10pm on Tuesday and woke up at 6am to find ourselves at Banmore railway station in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. After Agra, we had to move towards Kota in Rajasthan, however, due to serious negligence by the Railways, we are now in in MP,” another passenger was quoted as saying in the report.

Railways issues clarification

Issuing a clarification on the matter, DG PR Railway Board Anil Kumar Saxena said, “The news circulating in certain sections about ‘movement of a special train for Kisan passengers between Delhi to Kolhapur’ is factually incorrect. ”

Further, the official statement read, “The correct information about this train is given below.”

“The organisers of a Kisan rally in Delhi had booked a special train on payment basis for running between Kolhapur(central Railway) to Delhi and back. The road-side stations demanded by the organisers were Karad, Miraj and Manmad in Maharashtra. Train was not headed to Kota in Rajasthan as reported in some section of Media. These special trains are run through a route which is conveniently available to the railway operation. Earlier, when this train came from Kolhapur to Delhi, it took Western Railway route namely via Nagda, Kota, Ratlam, Mathura, as it was the best route available from operation point of view at that point of time. In the return journey from Delhi to Kolhapur on Tuesday i.e. 21.11.2017, the Railway Administration found that the best path available is the Central Railway route i.e. via Mathura, Gwalior, Jhansi, Bhopal, Itarsi route. Hence, they decided to run this special train from Delhi to Kolhapur via this Central Railway route(which in any way is the natural route for these destinations). In case of such isolated special train, the trains keep moving safely through proper messages from one control to next control. The passengers might have felt confused because of the different route used in their return journey. They in any way had no reason to worry as it was to reach their destination Miraj, Karad, Manmad, Kolhapur comfortably. There was no negligence, there was no diversion, there was no unnecessary running of the train, there was no case of wrong signal, as reported in a section of media and the passengers were at no point of time stranded. It was held up for some time at station Banmore Railway Station near Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh because of some path congestion problem. Once, the path became available, the train moved ahead smoothly towards its destination viz. Manmad, Karad, Miraj and Kolhapur. The train had a pantry-car where eatables were available for the passengers. The passengers may have felt some inconvenience because of some delay in the movement of the train during the journey, ” the official statement.

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    Jagan Mohan Malisetty
    Nov 23, 2017 at 8:29 pm
    Media is especially national media wants to create negative opinions in Indian Public on present Government in every occasion
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      Prabhu
      Nov 23, 2017 at 4:33 pm
      So many of Anti BJP Anti Modi, commentators do not know that this route is also one of main lines to reach Kolhapur
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        Narayan Dravid
        Nov 23, 2017 at 2:19 am
        Another case of opening your mouth before getting complete information.
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          Ramesh Rao Neramballi
          Nov 22, 2017 at 11:15 pm
          It's not merely the Railways the but also the Modi government that's going in the reverse direction.All the good work of UPA will be reversed by these anti nationals.By the way one more change of Railway minister on the card?
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            Savio
            Nov 22, 2017 at 10:38 pm
            Guys you all need to read the article properly There was no negligence, Administration found that the best path available is the Central Railway route i.e. via Mathura, Gwalior, Jhansi, Bhopal, Itarsi route. Hence, they decided to run this special train from Delhi to Kolhapur via this Central Railway route(which in any way is the natural route for these destinations).
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              Prabhu
              Nov 23, 2017 at 4:29 pm
              You are 100 right, may be some of these so called farmers may want to vist Mumbai, Pune without spending a Single Rupee, many trains to Kolhapur move around in this route also
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              Ashish Tandon
              Nov 22, 2017 at 9:50 pm
              Poor farmers going for loan waiver in a special train at a cost of 39 lakh.
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                Srikant kumat
                Nov 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm
                We need honest and loyal railway employees.Railway have number of dishonest and corrupted staff.
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                  Roha
                  Nov 22, 2017 at 9:23 pm
                  Dramma are Increasing in India showing that Congress has lost its glory and started cheap drammas
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                    James
                    Nov 22, 2017 at 9:22 pm
                    Funny or shameful ??? Let them decide and tell us what we should feel about this.
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                      GxxA
                      Nov 22, 2017 at 8:37 pm
                      Media Morons - It is time you change the le of your article - which is factually incorrect and misleading, especially after the formal communication received from Railyways.
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                        dharampalgupta
                        Nov 22, 2017 at 8:28 pm
                        Special train routes should be announced in advance and made available to the guard on duty.so thathe could apprise the passengers when needed,
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                          ALOK MISHRA.
                          Nov 22, 2017 at 8:16 pm
                          Modi kay ache din.......shuru ho gaye.....
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                            siddhartha
                            Nov 22, 2017 at 6:37 pm
                            Curious how the driver did not realise he was headed for MP instead of Maharastra. He would surely have driven the route many times and should have known there was a mistake somewhere after maximum 10 kms, not 160 kms. These poor chaps had gone to protest against the Government lowering prices while debt piles up: and now they are protesting against the Government for dumping them in MP. How would you feel if, say, you embarked on a journey from Kolkata to Delhi and found yourself in Hyderabad next morning?
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                              James
                              Nov 22, 2017 at 9:24 pm
                              Maybe the idea was to diffuse the mood.
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                              Ketan
                              Nov 22, 2017 at 6:04 pm
                              Truly aache din.A jolly good free ride.Sponsored by Indian tax payers.
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                                siddhartha
                                Nov 22, 2017 at 6:39 pm
                                Absolutely.We are used to Aache din facilities of accidents and delays. But this is truly innovative. What next?
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                                1. Harisankar N
                                  Nov 22, 2017 at 8:42 pm
                                  You guys dont read the complete report and start shouting which is senseless. As per the railway report this is the intended route. Please read completely before commenting.
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                                Laxman
                                Nov 22, 2017 at 5:34 pm
                                Where did these so called farmsrs get 39 lakhs from? Looks more like a doctored protest by political interests. Farming is a state subject btw.
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                                  siddhartha
                                  Nov 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm
                                  Laxman the issue is about the Railways, not why the farmers are protesting. Yes, most of these protests are organized by politicians with vested interests. That does not mean that you dump these farmers in MP when they want to get back home in Maharashtra.
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                                    Prabhu
                                    Nov 23, 2017 at 4:31 pm
                                    you are 100 right
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                                  2. Mani Menon
                                    Nov 22, 2017 at 3:59 pm
                                    While this appears to be a hilarious incident, the gross negligence of the Railway officials is utterly shocking.
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                                      Msr
                                      Nov 22, 2017 at 10:04 pm
                                      Is it really a mistake
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                                      dk
                                      Nov 22, 2017 at 1:38 pm
                                      Pray God. nothing unfortunate thing happened in 160km.
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                                        ABHISHEK
                                        Nov 23, 2017 at 1:11 am
                                        Yaa nothing unfortunate had happened because there was a previous decision which had taken by the railways that’s why..! Don’t say that acche din aayenge because acche din aa Gaye h.. U won’t be believing this because you don’t have all that faith in government.. At least Modi jii is doing something to take our nation to a height and if u don’t believe than don’t judge the government unnecessarily..to all my brothers who is commenting “ACCHE DIN AAYENGE”😉
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