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Bogies Of Bhubaneswar-Delhi Rajdhani Express Uncouple On Kathajodi Bridge, Train Runs After Repairs, Probe Ordered

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02 April 2019

Bikash Sharma

Cuttack: The engine of Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express left bogies behind after the coaches B-3 and B-4 uncoupled/detached on Kathajodi bridge here today morning.

Reportedly, the train departed from Bhubaneswar Railway Station at around 9.30 and the mishap occurred at 9:50 am on the bridge following which passengers were gripped with panic.

After uncoupling between B3 and B4, the train was split into two parts- engine was with coaches b/1, b/2 and b/3 and the rest of the train was a separate entity. The train was immediately halted and senior officers from Bhubaneswar coach maintenance depot reached the spot.

After coaches were rejoined, repairs were made and extra precautions were taken, the train ran normally from Kathajodi bridge to Cuttack Station with all passengers safe and sound. The train was checked thoroughly at Cuttack and two old bogies were replaced with new ones. The passengers of those compartments were shifted to other bogies temporarily in the duration of replacement work. The train departed from Cuttack in the afternoon at around 2:40 pm after a delay of four hours.

Khurda Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) has ordered a senior officers' level inquiry into the matter. The reason behind the decoupling is to be ascertained within 48 hours. Strict action will be taken by DRM Khurda in case any deficiencies or negligence is found, informed ECoR.