Monsoons could leave railways in hot water

Railways are unprepared for the monsoon as of now, but are gearing up to


Shivani Chaturvedi | June 29, 2010

Waterlogged tracks at New Delhi railway station
Waterlogged tracks at New Delhi railway station

It will be raining complaints this monsoon at Delhi's railways offices if the inadequate arrangements to prevent waterlogging in tracks are to continue. Waterlogging cause circuit failures because of  which the signal continuously flashes the red light which in turn are responsible for delays.

With the tracks' drainage connected to the area's sewer line, railway authorities are quick to point at the insufficient capacity of the local civic body's drainage system.

During the rains, the problem becomes worse in tracks in low-lying areas like the Sabzi Mandi -Sadar Bazar stretch between the New Delhi and Old Delhi railway stations. The Brar Square station also faces similar problems with trains getting stalled for hours.

Unclean and improperly cleaned drains at the stations also cause circuit faliures. Sources say that filth accumulates during the rains and chokes sewer lines, causing waterlogging.

However, this time around the railways are making some arrangements to tackle with this problem. Cross drains are being constructed between yards and tracks, ballasts are being cleaned and repairing of signal roofs is being done so that passengers can get some respite this monsooons, says a senior railway officer.



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