Railway team conducts inspection of Udhampur-Katra track

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Udhampur: A high-level team constituted by the Railway Ministry today conducted the inspection of the Udhampur-Katra rail track from Katra towards Udhampur to find out the snag due to which the engine of the Shree Shakti Express had failed in tunnel No.27 on Wednesday.

The team was led by the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Ferozpur division, NC Goel.

Within 48 hours of its formal start, the Shree Shakti Express had got stuck in tunnel No.27 for two hours on Wednesday morning.

The Railway Ministry had constituted a high-level inspection team to submit a detailed report on what led to the failure of the engine in the tunnel.

“The team today conducted a detailed survey and will submit its report to the Chairman, Railway Board, within the shortest possible time. It will be ensured that no stone is left unturned with regard to the safety and security of the passengers travelling in various trains on this route,” said Neeraj Sharma, Public Relations Officer, Northern Railway.

“As per instructions from the higher authorities, I along with senior officials from Ferozpur today conducted a detailed motor-trolley inspection of the track but I cannot share the details of the findings. To ensure that the engine failure problem does not reoccur, two engines have been joined to both ends of the train,” RN Meena, Divisional Traffic Manager, Railways, Jammu.

“With regard to further extension of trains on the Udhampur-Katra route, we do not have any official confirmation from the higher authorities but trains are likely to be extended after August 15,” he added.