86 trains delayed, 37 rescheduled and about 20 cancelled
Due to intense fog conditions prevailing all over Northern India, train operations have been severely affected. A large number of trains have been delayed over the weekend, the Northern Railway said on Sunday.
A total of 86 trains were delayed by over three hours on account of fog, while 37 trains were rescheduled and about 20 trains cancelled due to abnormal late running of their return services.
The rescheduled trains included the Hazrat Nizamuddin-Mumbai Central August Kranti Rajdhani and Rajdhani Express trains from New Delhi to Sealdah, Howrah, Mumbai Central and Rajinder Nagar. The delayed trains included the Bhopal-New Delhi and Lucknow-New Delhi Shatabdi Express trains and Rajdhani Express from Mumbai to Hazrat Nizamuddin, from Rajinder Nagar to New Delhi and from Trivandrum to Hazrat Nizamuddin. In addition, five more Rajdhani Express trains from Howrah, Guwahati, Sealdah, Ranchi and Bhubaneswar to New Delhi were also delayed by several hours upsetting train schedules and inconveniencing passengers.
Northern Railway administration, however, claimed to have put in place extensive arrangements for minimising inconvenience caused to the passengers. A Northern Railway spokesperson said: “Helplines are operational at various major stations of Northern Railway such as New Delhi, Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Moradabad and Ambala. Face-to-face enquiries and announcements through public address system are also being kept functional round-the-clock. Latest information about the schedule of trains is also available along with the cause of delay on various LCD display boards installed at the stations. The train enquiry system 139 is also providing related information to the passengers.”
According to him, for the guidance of passengers a large number of officers and supervisory staff have been deployed at the railway stations and Divisional Railway Managers of the concerned divisions along with senior officials are continuously visiting the stations and assessing the efficacy of arrangements. “Efforts are being made to maintain an adequate level of passenger amenities at the railway stations including eatables, drinking water and hygienic conditions in urinals. Refund counters along with nomination of additional counters for refund purposes have been made available to function round-the-clock,” he added.
In order to ensure that trains are able to operate safely, detonators are also being used extensively. Since the onset of fog over areas covered Northern Railway, about 31,000 detonators have already been used and over 2,000 detonators are being used daily on an average over the various divisions of Northern Railway.
Senior officials along with supervisors are travelling in engines over various sections to ensure that all precautions are being observed for the safety of trains and passengers, the Northern Railway said.