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Since 1st March, 1999
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Chugging along, as before

Chandan Roy,

The route-relay interlocking system installed in September has not improved things. Trains are still delayed. Though drastic overnight improvement was not expected, some changes were desirable. The authorities should take steps so that trains run as per schedule. Western Railway is much ahead on this score.

Arunava Bose Chowdhury,

The old system was failing to cope with the frequency of local and long-distance trains at Howrah. As a result, each train had to wait for a free passage, causing much inconvenience to passengers. The interlocking system, by which the signalling network is controlled, needed immediate overhaul. The new system, overcoming initial hiccups, has started functioning properly and trains are maintaining schedule.

Prasanta Kumar Ghosh,

When the route-relay interlocking system was introduced in Howrah, commuters had to face teething troubles. The waterlogged Howrah yard aggravated the problems. Sealdah station had to bear the brunt. Many trains were cancelled. Now everything is running smoothly. The agony of commuters is a thing of the past.

Naren Sen,

The system is the only way to ensure smooth operation of trains. It should be introduced on all important sections.

Saadia Sitwat,
Linton Street.

Absolutely not. I see no improvement in the pathetic condition of Howrah station. The trains are late beyond imagination and the journeys are still the nightmares they always were.

Sachindra Nath Mitra,

Every modern system brings more facilities to users than the one it replaces. But the watchword should be “safety”. We hope that the route-relay interlocking system will ensure safety of passengers.

Piyal Mukherjee,
Lake Town.

The route-relay interlocking system aims to reduce the time for trains waiting to enter the station. But the shift from a manual system to this computerised one is a hazardous task. Although installation of the new system caused a lot of inconvenience to the commuters, it is beginning to yield appreciable results.

Bhupen Bose,
Dum Dum Park.

The route-relay interlocking system is causing hazards for passengers as it is not foolproof. The railway authorities must rectify the faults.

Dinabandhu Mukherjee,

The route-relay interlocking system has not yet produced the desired results. As before, the trains coming to Howrah station have to wait at nearby stations or midway before getting the clearance. Why is the computerised system taking so much time to produce results' It is doubtful whether it will help even in the long run.

Subhashish Majumdar,

The long-distance trains are always given priority in entering a platform over local trains which often have to wait half an hour for the green signal. Whatever the system does, it should rectify this problem. Otherwise, office-goers have to get off and walk down the tracks, risking their lives.

Satyen Biswas,

This interlocking system is totally computerised. So it may break down any time and cause hardship to passengers. So I am against this system.

Pranab Ghosh,

Daily commuters have not yet felt any positive difference in terms of punctuality of trains. The railway authorities advertised a lot about the system but a few showers after the Pujas proved that nothing had changed.

Prahlad Agarwala,

Although the recently-installed route-relay interlocking system has not helped improve services at Howrah station as desired, it is hoped that it would work once all concerned become familiar with the system.

Sandipan Dutta,

Yes, obviously the interlocking system has started improving train services at Howrah but the operational staff will have to be sincere and dutiful for the new system to produce best results.

Tapash Chakraborty,

Despite the best efforts of the railway authorities to render better services, commuters are still suffering as before. Whatever little improvement there has been, it is in terms of administration.

Kanai Saha,
Gauri Bari Lane.

Definitely not. The new system is either defective or the operators are not efficient enough.

Fakhre Alam,

The new system was badly needed for a busy junction like Howrah where traffic density is very high. Since the inception of Howrah station, the movement of trains while changing tracks was controlled manually which used to take more time and often caused accidents. This system has definitely saved time as it has enhanced the speed of trains while entering and leaving the platforms and it is safer.

Anuradha Banerjee,

Train services have not improved at all. Last month, I went to Uttarpara. The train was stuck near Liluah station for 15 minutes. The daily passengers said this was a regular phenomenon.

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