200 trains affected due to cattle overburden in first nine days of October

The most affected is the new Mumbai-Ahmedabad Vande Bharat Express train.

New Delhi:

Official figures show that the cattle overload hit 200 trains in the first nine days of October and that more than 4,000 have been affected so far this year.

The most affected is the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Vande Bharat Express train, launched on 1 October. This month he suffered three fights with cattle, which damaged his “nose”.

Officials said the railways have barricaded several areas around the tracks where such incidents can occur, but it is difficult to cover longer distances as there are residential areas on one side and fields on the other.

The railways have also identified the entities that have had a large number of such cases and the closure process is underway. An official said the work in 40% of these sections was completed.

“The railways are making every effort to reduce livestock transfers (CROs). We indicate the places where a model is located. We visit these sites and discover the reasons for the CRO over and over again. Sometimes there are reasons that can be addressed, but other times a direct cause is not found. However, our team visits nearby villages and interacts with the sarpanches. We villagers advise the CRO on the results, ”said Amitabh Sharma, Executive Director, Information and Publicity, Railways.

“Illegal crossings are sometimes made on the tracks. Sometimes a patch needs to be closed, “the maintainer said.

The sections identified include sections of the North Central Railway and the Northern Railway – between the Veerangana Lakshmibai-Gwalior section in the Jhansi division, the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay-Prayagraj section between the Prayagraj division, the Moradabad division between Alam Nagar and Shahjahanpur and Lucknow between Alam The division is made up of sections. Nagar and Lucknow.

The north-central railway area, which recorded more than 6,500 cases of cattle overtaking out of 26,000 in the period 2020-2021, is one of the most affected railway areas. It covers 3,000 km of track and houses portions of the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah corridors.

It includes divisions such as Agra, Jhansi and Prayagraj and is the gateway to trains coming from the east to reach the northern regions of India.

Officials said the Northern Railway area recorded the highest number of cattle evacuation cases – around 6,800 – in the Moradabad and Lucknow divisions in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab’s Ferozepur, Ambala and Delhi. Haryana.

Three out of five Vande Bharat trains use routes in these two areas.

“The Vande Bharat trains have been designed to ensure that they do not suffer major damage from the CRO. This is why these high-end trains have a replaceable cone-shaped cover at the front that prevents the impact of fiber-reinforced plastic to absorb collisions with livestock, “said an official.

The cost of this coverage is around Rs 10,000-15,000 per piece for the railways and they are replaced within hours of the collision.

The national carrier has a basket of around 10 spare parts for these trains.

According to data provided by the railways, the trains affected by the transfer of livestock increased from 360 in January to 635 in September, affecting more than 22 trains per day.

200 trains were affected in the first nine days of October, bringing the number so far this year to 4,433.

Rushes in livestock can severely damage trains, delay them and even cause derailments.

Sharma said: “The railways are taking a holistic approach to uncovering the cause. However, we once again ask pet owners to be vigilant and not to allow animals to approach the grazing tracks.

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