KANPUR: Several trains
on the Delhi-Howrah train route
were reported running much behind schedule on Thursday following derailment of two wagons of a goods train
near Panki railway station
. The incident took place when the goods train was coming on the main line from Petroleum Siding late on Wednesday evening. The derailment damaged the electricity pole connected with overhead equipment line
, bringing the movement of the trains to a complete standstill at Rura, Panki, and Jhinjhak railway stations.
Primary investigations have revealed that a defect in the railway track led to the accident.
Though the down track
of the train route
had been opened up late on Wednesday night, many trains
were running at just 10kmph speed on Thursday. The speed of more than 50 trains took a beating due to derailment incident as a result of which they were arriving late at the railway platforms.
The trains that were affected due to derailment and reached Kanpur Central late included Gomti Express, Licchavi Express, Mathura-Patna Express, Awadh Express, Sangam Express, Ajmer Sealdah Express, Shramshakti Express, Agra Intercity Express, Delhi-Lucknow Swarnshatabdi Express, Seemanchal Express, Sampark Kranti Express, Brahamputra Express, and Farraka Express to name a few. While Gomti Express reached Kanpur Central late by 7 hours, Licchavi arrived 12 hours late. Mathura-Patna Express and Sangam Express were late by 7 hours each.
Ajmer Sealdah Express arrived late by 12 hours. Shramshakti reached Kanpur at 1 pm instead of 6.30 am. Swarnshatabdi Express arrived at 4.30 pm instead of 11.15 am.
Meanwhile, the late arrival of the trains left the passengers stranded at Kanpur Central railway station.
A number of passengers also got their tickets cancelled.
Sandesh Gupta, one of the passengers who was travelling in Seemanchal Express informed that his train was halted at every station or its outer while it was on its way to Kanpur Central. It was because of this reason that the train reached Kanpur Central very late and he along with his co-passengers had to spend several hours 'trapped' inside the train.
Talking to TOI, Sandeep Mathur, chief public relations officer, North Central Railways (NCR) said that due to overhead equipment line pole getting damaged on the main line during the derailment of the goods train on Wednesday evening, a block had to be taken in Panki for getting the damaged pole replaced. It was because of this reason that the trains had to be halted or made to run at 20 kmph speed.