Vikramshila Express was forced to stop for around two hours in Ghaziabad on Tuesday due to overloading and negligence of Indian Railways officials at the Anand Vihar railway station, according to a Navbharat Times report.
The express train (12368) goes to Bhagalpur via Kanpur Central, Patna and Jamalpur from Anand Vihar in New Delhi.
After leaving Anand Vihar, the report says, the train was forced to stop on the mainline at Ghaziabad railway station as the train’s staff noticed the body of the luggage coach of the train (SLR-1) was touching wheels of the train due to overloading. The problem had started as soon as the train had left Anand Vihar at 2.40 pm.
Soon after the train stopped at Ghaziabad, officials rushed to the luggage coach. Some of the luggage from the coach was also removed in the presence of Railway Police Force, which videographed the entire process. The train left Ghaziabad at 5.15 pm.
The NBT reports officials as saying that safety norms were completely not followed in the last coach of the express train. The train could have met a fatal mishap even before reaching Kanpur if it had not been stopped at Ghaziabad.
Incidentally, Ghaziabad is not the designated stoppage of the Vikramshila Express.
Contractors and officials concerned may face action in this regard.