Ludhiana: The preparations are in the progress by the railways to deal with the fog in the coming days. As the Indian Railways continuing to rely on traditional old age practice of bursting fire crackers on tracks to alert train drivers during the dense fog in fast approaching winter season. Ludhiana railway station authorities have asked for the crackers to the higher authorities.
The Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepur Division, Anuj Parkash said, “The fire crackers continue to help us deal with the fog in the winters and decades old practice in railways is more reliable than anti-fog system with railways which is said to be failure by its the users.” He informed that the Northern Railways has spent around two and half crores on the crackers to burn in front of the trains to burst crackers in front of the trains to provide them signal ahead in winter’s dense fog from next month.
The Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepur Division further passed order to carry out an awareness drive for public at the railway crossings in order to ask them to pass the stretch carefully. Also higher authorities are going to start SMS drive to make the people aware to cross the unmanned crossings carefully in the fogs ahead in city. The Railway Protection Force would carry out awareness drives on unmanned railway crossings with view to make people aware that they should not cross the crossing without carefully watching that whether train is coming around or not.
Only after watching properly that train is not coming passerby should pass the crossing. However, anti fog reflectors are in poor condition and are not of much use for the train drivers while driving the train. The drivers said that old way of busting crackers is much more useful on the railway tracks to provide passengers with the safe journey.
Fog starts disrupting the railway traffic
Ludhiana:The thick fog in the North India has started disrupted the rail traffic on New Delhi Ludhiana Amritsar route more than a dozen trains were running behind schedules at the Ludhiana Railway Station. The weather experts in Punjab Agricultural University said that in the coming days weather would get extensively foggy in the days to come. As from the first week of December the fog starts engulfing region.
As the train number 12029 Shatabdi Express on the route from the New Delhi to Amritsar reached one hour late from its the scheduled time, the train number 15707 Amarpali Express on route Katyar to Amritsar was running six hours late from its scheduled timings at the Ludhiana Railway Station due to which passengers kept waiting for train. The train number 12491 Madurai Express on route Madurai to Jammu Tavi and train number 18101 Tata Mauri Express was running four hours late from the timings.
The train number 18237, Chhattisgarh Express was running three hours late from its scheduled timings. The train number 12919 Malwa Express, 2331 Himgiri Express on the route Howrah to Jammu-Tavi and train number 13049 Duplicate Horwah on the route Howrah to Amritsar was running two hours late from the late from its scheduled timings at Ludhiana Railway Station.
The Station Superintendent, Ludhiana, Ashok Salaria said that trains running late due to the start of fog in the region as it’s natural factor so that railway can do nothing about it. “In the fog railways drivers make trains run comparatively lower speed keeping in the mind security of the passengers than usual due to which rains get late at the different railway stations”, he said.
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