New Delhi: The Indian Railways was left red-faced on Saturday after a Shramik Special practice which began its journey from Mumbai for Gorakhpur on May 21 reached Odisha`s Rourkela with out intimating the passengers concerning the change within the route. The plight of the folks on board the practice got here to the fore after the passengers shared their video on Twitter.
A senior railway ministry official in Delhi mentioned, “We have decided to run few of the shramik trains on diverted routes. Some trains are diverted for Bihar via Rourkela yesterday to clear congestion,” the official mentioned.
Meanwhile, Western Railway Spokesperson Ravindra Bhakar in a press release mentioned, “It is to inform that Vasai Road-Gorakhpur Shramik Special train which departed on May 21 was to run on Kalyan-Jalgoan-Bhusaval-Khandwa-Itarsi-Jabalpur-Manikpur route but this train will go to Gorakhpur by diverted route via Bilaspur (SECR), Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Adra, Asansol (ER) due to heavy traffic congestion on existing routes.”
“Due to heavy congestion on Itarsi-Jabalpur-Pt. Deen Dayal Nagar route in view of running of large numbers of Shramik Special trains, It is decided by the Railway Board to run the trains originating from Vasai Road, Udhna, Surat, Valsad, Ankleshwar of WR, Konkan Railway and some stations of CR temporarily on diverted route via Bilaspur – Jharsugda – Raurkela,” he mentioned.
It is for the primary time within the historical past of railway operations in India that the route of a transferring practice was modified with out informing the passengers.
The passengers additionally alleged that the railways even didn’t inform them concerning the change within the route and the length of their travel.
A passenger within the Shramik Special took to Twitter on Friday and wrote, “We have boarded the Shramik Special train on May 21 to go back to Gorakhpur. However, despite 23 hours of journey we are still in Maharashtra. We don`t have anything to eat and there is no water in the train. And why the train is going towards Nagpur from Bhusawal.”
Another passenger within the video message mentioned, “Now the train has been stopped in Odisha and people are saying that the driver has lost his way.”
Speaking concerning the confusion, a senior railway ministry official mentioned: “There must have some operational compulsion of these diversions. The Railways has been operationalising things at a time when conditions are really challenging. Movement and converging of hundreds of trains in direction of one or two states from all kinds of train routes is a complex exercise. It has never happened before in the country like this. We are managing.”
He mentioned that he has been knowledgeable that tracks are all clear now and the trains are transferring.
According to official information with the railways, 31 lakh migrant employees on board 2,317 Shramik Special trains had been transported to their home states since May 1, almost seven lakh greater than the preliminary projection of 24 lakh.