As of 2016-17, 8,116 million passengers used the national transporter, while the total track kilometres recorded was 1,21,407. Behind these numbers is a complex mechanism that employs teams of countless individuals who ensure that the Indian Railways continues to be the lifeline of the country, connecting distant locations.
These people work tirelessly to ensure that each journey is smooth, and spring into action the moment something goes wrong.
Like the two gangmen and a station master, who remained alert after Maoists blew up the train tracks near Jharkhand’s Chaudhary Bandh Railway Station on Monday Night.
Once the tracks were destroyed, the three bravehearts sprang into action, and quickly informed authorities in Dhanbad about the blast, in effect saving the lives of hundreds of passengers aboard trains bound for the fateful lines, reports The New Indian Express.
According to Anil Kumar Mishra, Divisional Rail Manager, Dhanbad, “Although we have already felicitated them at our level, Railway Board Chairman Ashwini Lohani also wants to felicitate them on his own and has called them to New Delhi.”
Mishra claimed the gangmen were on duty near the spot, where the Maoist’s blasts took place and informed the station master immediately. He also praised the station master, saying he immediately stopped trains running on the up and down lines on the route.
Had there been no information, the train tracks would have claimed several lives, as at least half a dozen trains were running on the route.
Rail traffic on the Dhanbad-Gaya route was restored within five hours of the Maoist twin blasts. The brave men in question departed for Delhi via the Rajdhani Express, travelling in the AC First Class coach.
As passengers, we must be thankful for dutiful men like these, who leave no stone unturned in ensuring that we have a safe journey.
Incidentally, the Indian Railways recently recorded the best safety record in five years. The renewal of tracks on a large scale, regular safety reviews, improved safety training for staff as well as a close inspection of safety performance was done between September 2016 and August 2017.
Read here, about how the Railways continues to make travel safe for passengers.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)