In yet another instance of train derailment, a coach of Jammu Tawi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express went off tracks yesterday at the New Delhi Railway station in the national capital. Luckily no one was injured in the incident. But this is a worrying sign as this was the fifth train derailment incident in the station. New Delhi Railway station is considered as one of the busiest ones in the country. It operates over 270 express and passenger trains and nearly five lakh passengers use the station on a daily basis, according to Hindustan Times report. A probe and cross-audit have been ordered to ascertain the reasons behind the incidents. According to the report, questions have been raised over the maintenance of tracks and Rail authorities have gone for an overhaul of tracks.
On September 7, A Delhi-bound Ranchi Rajdhani Express went off tracks near the Minto bridge. One person was injured when the engine and power car of the Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani derailed as it was approaching the Delhi railway station, according to reports. A major tragedy was averted as the train was running at a speed of around 5 km/hr at the time of the incident, PTI had reported.
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On September 9, the engine of the Kashi Vishwanath Express had derailed at the New Delhi Railway Station while going towards the yard, a railway official said. The train travels from Varanasi to the national capital.
These have happened after Piyush Goyal was given the charge of the Railway Ministry during the third cabinet reshuffle of the Narendra Modi government.
On August 23, then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said he had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking “full moral responsibility” for the back-to-back accidents that triggered calls for his resignation from the Congress. He was replaced by Goyal in the cabinet reshuffle. Notably, two train accidents occurred on August 23.