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Dec 01 2016 (06:10)  Fog delays trains, railway staff sensitised on safety issues (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: Several trains were rescheduled on Wednesday as a dense fog enveloped Delhi and its surrounding areas. Railway officials said that over two dozen trains were delayed.
Northern Railway officials conceded that they were taking extra precaution in the wake of the recent derailment of Indore-Patna Express in Kanpur, which killed nearly 150 people. While equipment failure and fault on the tracks were being closely monitored, officials said the focus was on ensuring that passengers didn't face unnecessary hassles.
An official told TOI that railway staff, including drivers, guards, station masters and
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maintenance crew, were being sensitised about safety measures.
Amid all this, the sudden weather shift on Wednesday left thousands stranded on platforms. Almost all stations in the city were overcrowded. Officials said the number of trains originating from or terminating in Delhi remained low compared to usual days due to poor visibility. Several trains were stopped or slowed for safety reasons.
Arun Arora, divisional railway manager (Delhi division), said that while officials had made adequate arrangements, weather conditions were beyond their control. "We request passengers to cooperate as we are making all efforts to minimise inconvenience. Additional inquiry counters have bene opened at New Delhi, Delhi Junction, Anand Vihar and Hazrat Nizamuddin stations," he said.
Large-size display boards have been activated to reflect revised train timings. Additional counters have been set up to allow passengers to seeking refunds in case of cancellation.
Arora said that RPF men had been directed to assist passengers and ambulances were put on standby. A railway official said that locomotives were fitted with emergency stop buttons and a train protection warning system to avoid collisions. "Vigilance control devices have been provided in all electric locomotives to check the alertness of loco-pilots. Engines have been equipped with GPS-based systems to show the position of approaching signals," he said.
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