Summer has become unbearable on the tracks of East Central Railway’s Danapur division with out-of-order fans on the trains.
Several trains under the division are running with defunct fans for at least two months, according to passengers. The people are left dealing with the stifling heat.
Short journeys have also become unbearable for passengers, senior citizens are in pain and all of them are cursing the railways for its failure to correct the situation.
Sixty-six-year-old Chandarma Sinha, travelling on the Patna-Sasaram Passenger (53211), on Friday said: “It’s been more than two months that the fans are not working. We (the elderly) are forced to travel in swelteringly hot compartments. Much before the arrival of the summer season, the railways should conduct a proper maintenance drive to ensure the fans are in working condition. But clearly, the officials are least bothered about the people taking the trains. The railways only focus on the express trains.”
The Bhabua-Patna Intercity Express (13249), Danapur-Rajgir Passenger (53230), Patna-Gaya Passenger (53213), Islampur-Buxar Passenger (53207) also have defunct fans in compartments to drive up commuters’ tempers.
Danapur divisional railway manager N.K. Gupta, however, told The Telegraph he was unaware that the fans were not working in the trains.
Deepak Kumar on the Patna-Gaya Passenger said: “If had been any other season, non-functional fans would not have been a problem. But it becomes very suffocating in the summer. Passenger trains are a lifeline for people like us who travel inter-city for work. I live in Gaya but travel to Patna every day for business. The railways must give this a serious thought.”