Train traffic mainly connecting Mumbai to north India have been severely affected from Wednesday morning after the signalling system collapsed due to a fire in route relaying interlocking (RRI) cabin of Itarsi station.
The incident occurred on Wednesday at Itarsi station, which is one of the biggest railway junctions in the country connecting north India to central and western parts of the country.
Central Railways authorities said that 11094 Varanasi-CST Mahanagari Express, 11056 Gorakhpur-LTT Godan Express, 15018 Gorakhpur-LTT Express via Allahabad, 12142 Rajendranagar-LTT Express and 15648 Guwahati-LTT Express that left on June 17 were diverted via Katni-Bina-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road on Thursday.
LTT-Gorakhpur Kushinagar Express, CST-Amritsar Express, LTT-Habibganj Express, CST-Jabalpur Garibrath Express, LTT-Gorakhpur Express via Allahabad, LTT-Habibganj Special, LTT-Jayanagar (Bihar) Jansadharan Express, Chhapra-LTT Express, Darbhanga-LTT Express, Faizabad-LTT Saket Express, Varanasi-LTT Express, Kamkhya-LTT Express Jabalpur-LTT Special were cancelled on June 18, they said.
“We have been keeping the passengers informed by not only regular announcements at all stations, but also updating websites and social sites,” said Narendra Patil, chief PRO of Central Railways.
A passenger of Faizabad-LLT express, Vijay Kumar Singh told, “We were due to reach LTT by 5 am, but are still held up in Godhra. Unfortunately, we have just been informed that this train would go to Bhusawal after reaching Vadodara.”
“This is an added hardship to our journey, as going to Bhusawal from Vadodara would take up another 10 to 13 hours,” Singh said.
A senior Central Railways official said, “The top brass has taken over the control at the incident site and everything would be normal very soon.