If you have any train travel plans during the year end, you might want to revisit that thought!
To combat the circumvent troubles caused due to fog, the Indian Railways has decided to cancel 2,771 trains at the rate of 64 trains daily for an entire month starting December 17. Also, it has been decided to reduce the frequency of 56 trains (daily) for the same period.
You can check the list of cancelled trains in the ixigo trains app.
The impacted locations will include the North and Eastern region of India–Varanasi, Delhi, Saharsa, and Lucknow. As per an official, “Mail and Express trains such as the Jan Sadharan, Licchavi and the Toofan Express are expected to come on the cancellation list, while the premier Rajdhani and Shatabdi will remain unaffected”. Additionally, Patna-Amritsar and New Delhi-Howrah have been identified as “most critical”.
According to Former Chairman, Railway Board, JP Batra, “Indian locomotives are not equipped with “In-Cab” signalling systems – which alert loco pilots on the colors of the signals passing by during motion of the train. Running trains in foggy weather without the system amounts to risking passenger lives, while train cancellations mean the loss of revenue for the transporter. The In-Cab signalling project has been pending for several years and must be rapidly implemented.”
“The Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) has identified a company for joint development of the advanced signalling systems. Talks with an Israel-based firm for the acquisition of thermal imaging systems are also being pursued”, said Professor N S Vyas, Chairman of the Technology Mission of Indian Railways (TMIR).
Last year, 6,690 trains got cancelled due to fog disruptions. Also, several accidents have already been reported in the previous years.