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Services resume on Konkan Railway route post train derailment

Panaji: Traffic on Konkan Railway route resumed today after the derailed wagons of a goods train were removed and the track was certified fit for use.

The movements of trains in the Konkan region had come to a grinding halt since yesterday morning, after the goods train derailed in a tunnel near Ukashi station, about 19 kms away from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.

"The track was okayed for traffic at 7.30 am, after it was certified to be fit," Konkan Railway Corporation Limited's Public Relation Manager Baban Ghatge told PTI today.

All the trains are running on time now, he said. The work to restore the track had begun immediately after the derailment happened at 8.15 am yesterday.

Since the derailment had occurred inside a tunnel, the restoration of the track in just 20 hours is a commendable effort by the Konkan Railway engineers. As there were serious restrictions in working inside the tunnel, the restoration work was much more challenging, claimed the officials.

Konkan Railway utilised two ARTs (Accident Relief Trains), one ARMV (Accident Relief Medical Van), two Poclains, Hydraulic Excavator, two Dip Lorries, and about 300 workers to restore the track in a record time.

One of these ARTs was brought in from Verna on Konkan Railway route, the second ART was requested from Central Railway at Kurla and the ARMV was brought at site from Ratnagiri.

The restoration work at site was supervised by senior level Konkan Railway officials.

After the restoration some of the trains which were to be diverted, will now go via Konkan Railway route, thus bringing respite to the passengers.

These trains are 12449 Goa Sampark Kranti Exp, 16346 Netravati Exp, 12618 Mangala Exp, and 12288 Dehradun-Kochuveli Exp.

There would be no trans-shipment required now for any train. Refund of approx. Rs 9,17,570/- was arranged for passengers at various stations on Konkan Railway route. As many as 129 bus services were used for trans-shipment purpose.

For train related enquiries, passengers can call on these numbers 022-27561721/3/4.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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