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Today (06:41)  Yawning gaps in communication and track safety (www.thehindu.com)
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Senior officials suggest derailment could have been caused by the work on the rail line; stationmaster insists he was not informed about any maintenance
While senior Railway Ministry officials suggested on Sunday that a likely reason for the derailment of Utkal Express here was the repairs taken up on the track when the train arrived, employees of different railway wings in the Khatauli-Muzaffarnagar area have started a blame game.
Employees of the Railway Engineering Department in Khatauli maintain that they had informed the station officials about the repairs on Saturday evening, but stationmaster
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Rajendra Singh told The Hindu that he was not aware that the work had been on.
“We had informed senior officials of the Khatauli station that the tracks were unsafe because repairs were on. We had obviously informed them about the repairs, and that is why the two trains that passed Khatauli before Utkal Express were run at extremely slow speeds,” an official of the Engineering Department said on condition of anonymity.
Cracked plate
“We had asked for 20 minutes for blocking the track because one joint plate was cracked,” the official added, without elaborating if the workers doing the repairs were told that the requested time had been granted.
Mr. Rajendra Singh, however, insisted that nothing was on record to prove that the station officials were informed of the repairs. Jagat Colony, the exact place where 14 coaches of the train jumped off the track, is about 400 metres from the Khatauli station. By railway rules, no train can pass a station without its stationmaster giving the green signal.
“There was no question of not giving the go-ahead to the train because we were not in the know of the repairs. In this case, I must say clearly that it is no fault of the stationmaster or any of the station staff,” he said.
‘Not informed’
Suggesting that the repairs were carried out without informing the station officials, Mr. Singh said, “The repairs cannot happen without prior permission for blockage of traffic. The Engineering Department has to inform the Station Manager and also get the go-ahead for the blocking from senior officials in the Delhi division because I do not control the traffic. Senior officials need to be informed so that the routes and timings of trains are better supervised and monitored.”
Additional Director-General, Government Railway Police, Vijay Maurya, who was on the accident site for rescue work and clearing of tracks, told The Hindu that initial investigations suggested the repairs had led to the accident. “Many eyewitnesses and local residents are saying that repairs were going on at the track when the accident happened,” Mr. Maurya said.
  
Today (06:41)  Yawning gaps in communication and track safety (www.thehindu.com)
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Senior officials suggest derailment could have been caused by the work on the rail line; stationmaster insists he was not informed about any maintenance
While senior Railway Ministry officials suggested on Sunday that a likely reason for the derailment of Utkal Express here was the repairs taken up on the track when the train arrived, employees of different railway wings in the Khatauli-Muzaffarnagar area have started a blame game.
Employees of the Railway Engineering Department in Khatauli maintain that they had informed the station officials about the repairs on Saturday evening, but stationmaster
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Rajendra Singh told The Hindu that he was not aware that the work had been on.
“We had informed senior officials of the Khatauli station that the tracks were unsafe because repairs were on. We had obviously informed them about the repairs, and that is why the two trains that passed Khatauli before Utkal Express were run at extremely slow speeds,” an official of the Engineering Department said on condition of anonymity.
Cracked plate
“We had asked for 20 minutes for blocking the track because one joint plate was cracked,” the official added, without elaborating if the workers doing the repairs were told that the requested time had been granted.
Mr. Rajendra Singh, however, insisted that nothing was on record to prove that the station officials were informed of the repairs. Jagat Colony, the exact place where 14 coaches of the train jumped off the track, is about 400 metres from the Khatauli station. By railway rules, no train can pass a station without its stationmaster giving the green signal.
“There was no question of not giving the go-ahead to the train because we were not in the know of the repairs. In this case, I must say clearly that it is no fault of the stationmaster or any of the station staff,” he said.
‘Not informed’
Suggesting that the repairs were carried out without informing the station officials, Mr. Singh said, “The repairs cannot happen without prior permission for blockage of traffic. The Engineering Department has to inform the Station Manager and also get the go-ahead for the blocking from senior officials in the Delhi division because I do not control the traffic. Senior officials need to be informed so that the routes and timings of trains are better supervised and monitored.”
Additional Director-General, Government Railway Police, Vijay Maurya, who was on the accident site for rescue work and clearing of tracks, told The Hindu that initial investigations suggested the repairs had led to the accident. “Many eyewitnesses and local residents are saying that repairs were going on at the track when the accident happened,” Mr. Maurya said.
  
Today (06:40)  24 dead, many in critical condition (www.thehindu.com)
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The death toll in the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express accident rose to 24 on Sunday. The Uttar Pradesh government said many of the 156 injured were in critical condition at the Muzaffarnagar Medical College and the Meerut Medical College.
P.K. Agarwal, Chief Medical Superintendent of Muzaffarnagar district hospital, told The Hindu that 59 injured passengers were brought to the hospital. Six of them were declared brought dead.
The Railways deployed four cranes, 12 PAC companies, four NDRF teams and 90 ambulances for the rescue operations.
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mangled coaches were removed by Sunday afternoon. Traffic is expected to resume soon.
  
Today (06:39)  Railway Board member sent on leave (www.thehindu.com)
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4 local officials suspended; ‘lapses in maintenance work led to Khatauli accident’
The Railway Ministry on Sunday sent three top officials on leave, suspended four local level officials and transferred another official after prima facie finding lapses in the maintenance work that led to the derailment of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday and claimed at least 24 lives.
Secretary-level officer and Railway Board Member (Engineering) A.K. Mittal, General Manager (Northern Railways) R.N. Kulshrestha and Divisional Railway Manager (Delhi) R.N. Singh were sent on leave. The divisional engineer and senior
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divisional engineer of the railway section were suspended while the central track engineer of the Northern Railway was transferred.
According to a former Railway Board Chairman, this is one of the rare instances when a Railway Board Member has been sent on leave.
No laxity: Suresh Prabhu
The action comes after Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Sunday that he “will not allow laxity in operations by the Board” and ordered the Railway Board Chairman to fix responsibility within a day of the accident. Senior Railway Ministry officials told The Hindu that welding work was under way near the Khatauli railway station in Uttar Pradesh, leaving a portion of the track without rails when the Utkal Express ran over it and derailed, as per the prima facie investigation.
There were lapses at multiple levels in the track maintenance work, which was being carried out without taking due permission, before the accident on Saturday evening.
The track maintenance work was routine and could have been carried out even a day later, according to a top Railway Ministry official.
“It is prima facie found that there was a routine maintenance work going on related to welding of track joints near the Khatauli railway station. It was a normal maintenance work where you cut out a piece of track, put another one and weld it. The welding process takes about an hour.

  
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Today (06:37)  Blame game begins (www.thehindu.com)
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Railway officials suggested that precautions were not taken during the repairs at the site of derailment of the Utkal Express. Employees of the Railway Engineering Department in Khatauli maintain that they had informed Khatauli station officials of the repairs on Saturday, but Station Master Rajendra Singh said he was not aware of it.PAGE 11
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