Twelve coaches of the Guwahati-Bikaner Express derailed within the Domohani space of West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district on Thursday night.
“This is a tragic incident. It is very unfortunate. A statutory enquiry has already been ordered. The Hon’ble Prime Minister has been concerned about the death and the injured passengers and I am continuously in touch with the Prime Minister. I am also in touch with the ground situation and today I have come to find out the root cause of the accident. Once it is detected we will try to solve it so that there is no such accident for similar reasons,” Vaishnaw stated after reaching the accident spot.
Nine individuals died and one other 36 individuals had been injured within the accident. According to sources within the Railways, the situation of 15 individuals is severe. “The injured people have been sent to Jalpaiguri Super Speciality Hospital and North Bengal Medical College,” a senior official of North Frontier Railways stated.
Meanwhile, the rescue operation has been concluded and the tracks have been cleared. “The rescue operation was conducted all through the night. Special teams from the BSF and NDRF went on with the rescue operation. The rakes were cleared off from the tracks at night only and the damaged engine was removed in the morning. There was some problem because of the darkness but we finally managed to do it,” the official stated.
Nine trains had been diverted via various routes following the accident, which embrace Guwahati-Howrah Saraighat Express, Kamakhya-Anand Vihar Express, New Delhi-Agartala Tejas Rajdhani Express and Trivandrum-Silchar Express and Kanchanjungha Express.
According to the Railways, the Guwahati-Bikaner Express 15633 (up) that began from Bikaner in Rajasthan was heading to Guwahati in Assam by way of Patna when the accident came about close to Mainaguri in Jalpaiguri round 5.15 p.m. on Thursday. Mainaguri was not one of many train’s 34 stoppages and the Bikaner Express was merely passing Jalpaiguri on the time of the incident.
There had been a complete of 1,200 passengers on board, together with 700 who boarded the train from Bikaner and 98 passengers who boarded the train from Patna junction.
The railway authorities have introduced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the households of the victims and Rs one lakh for the severely injured and one other Rs 25,000 for the injured. According to the railway authorities the rationale for the accident is but to be decided, however there was no drawback relating to sign and it’s anticipated that the derailment came about due to some issues on the monitor.