The bogies of Howrah-Dehradun Doon Express were today separated from the engine after a clipping was reportedly broken at Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, as per ANI. The Railways, however, arranged another engine from Shahganj and soon it was attached to the bogies of the train. So far there are no reports of any injury or casualty. The train usually starts its journey from Howrah Junction (HWH) at 8:30 pm, every day of the week.
Yesterday, the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express had derailed due to landslide caused by heavy rain. Officials said no casualties were reported in yesterday’s accident that occurred at 6.36am between the Vasind and Asangaon stations in Maharashtra, when the train’s engine and nine coaches derailed.
Anil Saxena, Railways spokesperson said, “Prima Facie cause (of the derailment) is a sudden landslide because of the heavy rain. On getting the information, senior officials immediately rushed to the spot,” as per PTI
A committee, set up by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, today recommended that divisional railway managers (DRMs) be given more power to take decisions, particularly in emergencies. The committee came out with the report after taking a stock of the series of derailments this month. ‘Making Divisions as Strategic Business Units’, the committee, was constituted in June to finalise a process by which more financial and executive powers are delegated to DRMs so they are able to handle day-to-day operations more effectively, as per PTI.
The draft report also states that DRMs should be fully empowered to grant blocks — stopping or diverting trains till work on the tracks is over — for up to three hours. “No questions should be asked on regulation of trains for maintenance blocks,” the committee has recommended, the report said.