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Broken rail pieces cast many doubts

FOCUS AREA: The track on which the coaches of Nagercoil-Howrah Gurudev Express derailed near Duvvada.

FOCUS AREA: The track on which the coaches of Nagercoil-Howrah Gurudev Express derailed near Duvvada.  

Staff Reporter

Railway official inspects track

VISAKHAPATNAM: Broken pieces of rail at the accident spot near Duvvada seem to cast doubts on the quality of track.

Member (Engineering), Railway Board, S.K.Vij, who inspected the track on Wednesday morning, said that the rails were manufactured during June – August 1996. The entire batch of rails, made during that period, would be checked wherever they were used for laying tracks all over the country.

He also did not rule out engineering defects but said that could be known only after a thorough investigation.

Meanwhile, work on restoration of track is going on at a brisk pace and normal train services will be resumed by Thursday morning. “All the derailed coaches of the Nagercoil – Howrah Gurudev Express have been removed and re-railment has been completed,” said Senior Divisional Commercial Manager C. Venugopal when asked about the progress of the track restoration work.

He said that the Over Head Traction works at the accident spot were being checked. Eight pairs of trains were cancelled on Tuesday and nine pairs were cancelled on Wednesday.

Many passengers waited listlessly at the Visakhapatnam Railway Station due to the delay in running and cancellation of many trains on Wednesday.



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