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Railway resumes service after 51 hours of accident on Balasore route

Railways resumes service: Indian Railways on Monday resumed running of passenger trains on the tracks in Bahanaga village in Odisha’s Balasore which were affected due to the triple train accident. The Odisha’s Balasore train accident has left 275 dead and over 1,000 injured. Indian Railways started running passenger trains on the accident-affected route. Union Railways […]

Edited By : Divya Richa | Updated: Jun 5, 2023 10:00 IST
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Railways resumes service: Indian Railways on Monday resumed running of passenger trains on the tracks in Bahanaga village in Odisha’s Balasore which were affected due to the triple train accident.

The Odisha’s Balasore train accident has left 275 dead and over 1,000 injured. Indian Railways started running passenger trains on the accident-affected route.

Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Sunday waved at the crew of a goods train and prayed for a safe journey, as services resumed after 51 hours of a train accident in Balasore.

“Services on both tracks have been restored. Normal train services on both lines have now been restored, 51 hours after the accident,” said Ashwini Vaishnaw.

On Sunday, Vaishnaw said the accident occurred due to a “change in electronic interlocking”.

The aim of this system is that no train gets the signal to proceed unless the route is proven safe. It is basically a safety measure to prevent signals from being changed in improper sequence. Electronic interlocking is an arrangement of signal apparatus that prevents conflicting movements between trains through an arrangement of tracks.

It is noted that the tragic Odisha train accident claimed the lives of 275 people and left over 1000 injured, according to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Vaishnaw said, “The way this accident happened, looking at the conditions, and according to the administrative information. The Railway Board is recommending the probe to the CBI.”

The accident happend at 7 pm on June 2 near the Bahanaga Baazar station in Balasore district, about 250 km south of Kolkata and 170 km north of Bhubaneswar. It involved the Bengaluru-Howrah Express and Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express — and a goods train.

First published on: Jun 05, 2023 10:00 AM IST

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