‘Tracks still on the ground…’ Railway minister on Vande Bharat’s accident, says no functional damage to train


The newly launched Gandhinagar-Mumbai Vande Bharat Express train had an accident when a herd of buffalo crossed the railway track, although no functional parts were damaged. At around 11:15 am, an accident occurred between Vatva station and Maninagar on the train traveling from Mumbai Central to Gandhinagar in Gujarat. It should be noted that the damaged nose of the train has since been replaced by a new one.

Speaking about the incident, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said: “All railway lines in the country are still on the ground, on the surface. So the livestock problem remains. However, trains are being designed to deal with such problems. Even after the yesterday’s incident, nothing happened to the Vande Bharat train, front section repaired.”

“The accident damaged the front part of the engine. However, no functional part was damaged. The train ran just after removing the carcasses (within 8 minutes) and reached Gandhinagar on time. The incident occurred at 11:18 am between Gairatpur-Vatva station,” said Western Railway Sr PRO, JK Jayant.

Also read: Vande Bharat Express accident update: Nose of Mumbai-Gandhinagar train repaired within 24 hours

In this cattle impact, the nose cone cap of the front carriage, i.e. the driver’s carriage, was damaged with its mounting brackets. The nose cap is designed to absorb the impact without transmitting it to the functional parts of the train. Therefore, it is a sacrificial design and thus replaceable.

“The railway keeps plenty of nose cones as spares. During maintenance, it was replaced with a new one in no time at the Mumbai Central depot and the train was put back into service without additional downtime. The train left Mumbai today without any disturbance for passengers. Western Railway is taking all measures to prevent such incidents in the future,” it said in an official statement.

The repair of the car was done in Mumbai.” The cone of the Vande Bharat Express that is turning has been repaired at the coaching center in Mumbai Central,” the official added. Earlier on September 30, Prime Minister Narendra Modi canceled the Gandhinagar-Mumbai Central Vande Bharat Express train in Gandhinagar. This was the third Vande Bharat train in the country, the other two were run between New Delhi – Varanasi and New Delhi – Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra.

The new Vande Bharat Express train runs between Gandhinagar and Mumbai, connecting the state capitals of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The train runs 6 days a week, except on Sundays.

The Vande Bharat train 20901 from Mumbai Central departs at 6:10 a.m. to reach Gandhinagar at 12:30 p.m., officials said, adding that the return train 20902 to Mumbai will depart from Gandhinagar Capital station at 2:05 p.m. to reach Mumbai Central at 8:35 p.m. .

Officials also said the 16-car train has a capacity of 1,128 passengers and will stop at three stations: Surat, Vadodara and Ahmedabad, before reaching Gandhinagar Capital station.

The new Vande Bharat trains are said to have enhanced features including reclining seats, automatic fire sensors, CCTV cameras, on-demand content with a Wi-Fi facility, three-hour battery backup and GPS systems to make travel safer and more comfortable. The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai has set itself the target of producing 75 Vande Bharat trains by August 2023.

(With input from ANI)





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