Itarsi, (Madhya Pradesh), July 18: Train services continued to be hit in western, southern and central parts of the country on Saturday after a fire destroyed signal system a month ago at the Itarsi station in Madhya Pradesh.
According to reports, a fire broke out in the route relay interlocking (RRI) cabin at the Itarsi station on June 17, sparking off a transport crisis.
Nearly 3,200 trains have been cancelled since June 17, resulting in 50,000 ticket refunds per day. Around 275 trains connecting different parts of the country pass through Itarsi station daily.
Railways officials requested passengers to check on their respective trains before they arrive at the stations.
A passenger, Ankit Jain, expressed his anguish over the delay in the getting the problem fixed even after a month.
“People are facing lots of problems due to delay in train services. But the biggest issue is that they have not been able to fix it even after a month. It means if such a problem were to arise in another city, India would come to stand still,” said Jain.
Many trains have been cancelled, delayed and diverted, leaving the passengers high and dry.
“We have to unnecessarily pay hotel bills, lodging and family has to face problems and our important works have been delayed,” added Ajay Kumar, another passenger.
Meanwhile, Railway official Shailesh Khandelwal said services would be restored within four days. A team of 950 engineers are working round the clock to fix the system.
“It is an unprecedented accident. All the departments of the railway are working round the clock in tandem to restore the system. We are trying to fix this problem as soon as possible so that passengers don’t have to face many problems. I think that it will be restored within three-four days,” said Khandelwal.
(With Agency Inputs)