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Engine trouble halts Rajdhani

Frequent technical snags in the engines of the Rajdhani on the Katihar-Barauni section for the past few days are inconveniencing passengers.

The New Delhi-bound Guwahati Rajdhani stopped in a diara area for more than three hours on Thursday evening. The engine had developed a technical snag on the Katihar-Barauni section of the East Central Railway.

The train left from Khagaria station around 6pm. Between Pasraha and Narayanpur stations, around 30km east of Khagaria, it developed a snag, leaving the passengers stranded in the dark.

Another engine rushed to the spot from Narayanpur but that too developed a snag. Around 9pm, a goods train engine reached the spot from Pasraha station to take the Rajdhani forward. A railway employee said the passengers were frightened as the Rajdhani was stranded in the dark for more than three hours.

Rajiv Kumar, divisional railway manager (DRM), Sonepur, East Central Railway, said on Thursday: “Nobody has informed me about the engine developing a snag. I will look into the matter.”

Hours later, around 7.30am on Friday, the New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani (12436), too, stopped between Naugachia and Kataria railway stations for a similar problem. Sources said the train kept standing for an hour before the crew managed to rectify the issue and continue to its destination.

The halt created a ripple effect, as the Down track was blocked and several trains, including the Barauni-Katihar Passenger, were delayed.

On Friday’s snag, the Sonepur DRM said: “Such incidents are not manmade, so we don’t have any control over it. I am yet to get details about the incident.”

The same Rajdhani was delayed at Khagaria station for at least 50 minutes on Wednesday because of a snag.

“Even Rajdhani passengers have to face these problems. The railways should take care to avoid to such incidents,” said Chandan Kumar, a Naugachia resident.