The marathon repair works stretched up to full four days on Nagpur-Itarsi rail section finally yielded some fruits on Tuesday. The land up to 40 feet beneath rail track was washed away in flooding waters of Machna river between Barbatpur and Magardoh railway stations on the Nagpur-Itarsi section, leaving the entire rail tracks hanging in air. The labourers struggled through narrow space, flooding waters, incessant rains and low accessibility as they finished the herculean repair works in record four days. However a total of 10 trains coming from north still ran late by up to 4-5 hours. Hazrat Nizamuddin – Raigad Gondwana express ran late by 9 hours on Tuesday. The traffic is expected to swift down by Wednesday.
Nagpur’s Divisional Railway Manager (Central railways) Brijesh Dikshit also visited the site along with other senior officials and remained there till 5 days. More than 1700 labourers have been deployed to fix the problem.
A release from railways informed that specials trains were pushed into to supply repair material on the site. The material included more than 140 wagons full of boulders, sandbags and sand stones. Six pokland machines, 2 JCB machines and 8 tractors have been pumped into service on site, the release added.
The Barbatpur and Shahpur gram panchayat also supported in the repair works.
15 metres of rail track between Barbatpur and Magardoh railway station on Nagpur-Itarsi section was badly damaged due to incessant rains on August 23. The sandstone up to 30 metres rail track along with 15 sleepers below the track and an OHE pole were washed away in flooding waters of Machna river. The repair works were on, however only one route is operational on this section. This caused a great deal of traffic disruption as all the trains on up and down route were being run from single line. On track was operational through which both up and down trains were passed.
Trains running late on Tuesday
12410 Haz. Nizamuddin – Raigad Gondwana Express (9 hrs)
12724 New Delhi-Hyderabad AP Express ( 8 hrs 30 mins)
12792 Patna – Secunderabad Express (2 hrs)
16094 Lucknow – Chennai Express (2 hrs 30 mins)
12616 New Delhi – Chennai GT Express (5 hrs 10 mins)
12976 Jaipur – Mysore Express (2 hrs 45 mins)
12622 New Delhi – Chennai Tamil Nadu Express (3 hrs 30 mins)
11046 Dhanbad – Ch. Shahu Maharaj Deekhsabhoomi Express (3 hrs)
12722 Haz. Nizamuddin- Hyderbad Dakshin Express ( 1 hr 15 mins)
12296 Patna – Bangalore Sanghmitra Express (4 hrs 30 mins)