As winter engulfs the capital, the train scheduled has been affected in most of North India bringing down the visibility to zero. 15 trains arriving late & 12 cancelled due to decreased visibility/ operational reasons. With cold waves hitting the national capital, the city continued to shudder under the effect of cold, with fog shrouding many areas of the city.
In the wake of the trains being delayed, Railways has sent out more than 33 lakh text messages to passengers alerting them about their trains being delayed for over an hour. The service was started last month for 102 premium trains on November 3 and till December 7. Passengers of 23 pairs of Rajdhani and 26 pairs of Shatabdi and one pair each of Tejas and Gatiman trains have received 33,08,632 SMSes sent out by the Railways at its own expense.
Now, with the “success” of this service, senior railway officials were quoted as saying that by next year, it will be extended to passengers of 148 other premium trains like Duronto and Suvidha soon, enabling them to plan their arrival at the stations. The service is sent every hour and will be available for passengers on board as well as on roadside, officials said. Meanwhile, earlier in November, Railways was still in process of testing the much-talked-about LED fog lights and other technology in north-bound trains. This was aimed at increasing the visibility for train drivers during adverse weather conditions, but this entire process is in the trial stage.
Earlier on December 15, as cold wave in Delhi intensified, 25 trains were delayed, two rescheduled and 12 cancelled. The national capital had been experiencing bitter cold since the past few days.