Sunday, July 21, 2013

Rail track, bridge washed out

As heavy showers continued to lash Maharashtra for the second day since Friday, the ballast and bank under the railway track and a small bridge, were washed out completely between Sindi and Tuljapur station on Nagpur-Wardha section. The incident resulted in operational problems for long-distance trains, with at least a dozen of them either being cancelled or diverted.

Due to disruption in services, Central Railway has launched the restoration work on a war footing.
According to information obtained from Central Railway headquarters, the divisional railway manager, along with senior railway officials from Nagpur division have reached the site and are supervising the restoration work.
Due to continuous and heavy rains, traffic on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway was also hit. Friday and Saturday were tough days for commuters on the route as the traffic moved at a snail’s pace in the ghat section. According to Mukund Dhus, public relation officer of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), “Our buses saw a fall of around 10 per cent in passengers.” The ghat section of the Pune-Mumbai Expressway, particularly Lonavala and Khandala, witnessed heavy rains, forcing motorists to travel at slow speed to avoid mishaps.

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