Jodhpur: Three of the injured in the Bikaner-Guwahati Express derailed in West Bengal on Thursday belonged to Jodhpur division of North-Western Railway. Along with this, 65 of the total 322 passengers traveling in the train from different stations of Jodhpur division were in the affected coaches of the derailed train. The injured are being treated at Jalpaiguri Hospital. Most of the passengers in the train were going from Kuchaman City to New Cooch Behar.
Divisional Railway Manager Geetika Pandey said that the three passengers who were injured were going from Kuchaman City to Guwahati. As soon as the information about the accident of the train was received, a control room was immediately established in the Jodhpur Divisional Railway Manager’s office and necessary information was collected. On Friday, Rajya Sabha MP Rajendra Gehlot reached the Divisional Railway Manager’s office, he and Pandey talked to the three passengers injured in the accident on the phone and asked for their well being and assured of all possible help. Both also expressed deep condolences to the deceased.
Pandey said that in this train, a total of 322 passengers from different stations of Jodhpur division boarded for the routes till Guwahati, most of which were from Kuchaman City to New Cooch Behar. Train Night Bikaner – Guwahati Weekly Express after leaving Bikaner on every Wednesday passes through six stations of Jodhpur Division namely Nokha, Nagaur, Merta Road Bypass, Degana, Makrana and Kuchaman City.
It is noteworthy that on Thursday, the Jodhpur Divisional Railway Administration became alert as soon as the information about the accident of Bikaner Express between New Mainagudi and New Domohani railway stations of Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal was received and immediately on the instructions of Divisional Railway Manager Pandey, control in the commercial controller’s office. Established a room whose helpline number is 02912643288.
The Divisional Railway Manager himself kept monitoring in this matter till late night and under his direction, senior officers kept in touch with the officials of the accident affected area till late night. The control room got the numbers of each passenger who boarded the train from Jodhpur division and contacted them and their well being was inquired.
Most 53 passengers from Kuchaman City
In the 12 coaches of the train that derailed, about 65 passengers of Jodhpur division were in reserved coaches, out of which 53 had boarded from Kuchaman City, 8 from Merta Road bypass and four from Makrana stations.
Maximum 28 passengers in S-13
In Bikaner Express, passengers boarded from six stations of Jodhpur division, one in D-2, 17 in S-4, three in S-5, 7 in S-7, one in S-8, 4 in S-11. In -12 there were 28 passengers in 4 VS-13.
26 women and 2 children
The affected coaches included children Gulabi Baman (8) and Naman (10), going from Kuchaman City to New Cooch Behar, besides 26 women who are safe.