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Dec 07 2016 (09:07)  Railways loses revenue due to foggy weather (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Patna: The railways is suffering revenue losses due to cancellation or late running of passenger trains as a result of foggy weather conditions in the North Central Railway (NCR) region on the Tundla-Kanpur-Allahabad-Mughalsarai section.
The Patna-New Delhi Rajdhani Express and Patna-New Delhi Sampoorna Kranti Express were cancelled from both ends on Saturday due to the foggy weather. "The Rajdhani cancellation from both ends caused an estimated loss of Rs 40 lakh to the railways and the Sampoorna Kranti cancellation from both ends about Rs 28 lakh," a railway official said on Tuesday.
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weather scenario was no better on Tuesday, according to Danapur DRM R K Jha. Twenty-odd passenger trains originating from Delhi end reached Patna Junction quite late on Tuesday.
Rajdhani reached about seven hours behind schedule while Sampoorna Kranti was running about nine hours behind schedule. Most other long-distance passenger trains are running 10 to 12 hours behind schedule on the day, he said.
Refunds worth lakhs of rupees were claimed from the railways against cancellation of bookings over the last few days or so.
According to a Railway Board official, December and January months are a challenge to the railways every year in the region that experiences cold weather conditions during the period. "Revenue losses apart, we have to take a number of precautions to ensure safe running of trains in low visibility," he said.
Sources said unless the railways developed a radio link service on the pattern of aeroplanes, it would remain difficult to run trains in fog-prone regions, especially after the sundown and soon after the sunrise. "On day in December and January, locomotive pilots grapple with zero visibility on the tracks on the Tundla-Allahabad and Mughalsarai-Jhajha stretches on the mainline section," a railway official admitted.
Fog signals, meanwhile, have been supplied to several stations falling under the Danapur division of East Central Railway. Track patrolling is also going on 24X7, the sources said.
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