LAHORE: Poor upkeep of a rail joint is the prime root cause of 2 guest trains crash near Dehrki in June last which left 67 people dead, says a questions conducted by the Federal Government Inspector of Railways (FGIR).
Submitted to the Ministry of Railways, the inquiry held more than 20 officials, including the divisional superintendent of the Railways Sukkar department, responsible for carelessness concerning ‘improper maintenance of the track’.
” Yes I have found out about this report that has held me liable too for poor guidance,” Sukkar DS Tariq Latif told Occur to Sunday.
” I already knew that the FGIR would scapegoat me although I had actually educated the head office well in time regarding the concerns that might cause incident of any type of major mishap within the operational jurisdiction of the Sukkar division,” Mr Latif, that comes from 30th common training program (CTP) of the Civil Superior Service (CSS) trains group.
The Public Relations Board Chairman/ Federal Assistant Dr Habibur Rehman Gilani decreased to verify the FGIR findings.
” I got the record on Saturday evening yet couldn’t go through it because of holiday (on Sunday). I can not confirm it without authorizing and also sending it to the priest for railways for a last authorization,” Mr Gilani informed Dawn.
A preliminary record by some junior authorities right after the crash had additionally recognized bad as well as inappropriate welding of the rail joint that gave in to huge train tons as the main reason behind the derailment of some coaches of the Sargodha-bound Millat Express.
The train thwarted in between Raiti and also Daharki terminals in Ghotki area at around 3.30 am, June 7 last, spilling 8 carriages onto the parallel track. A few mins later on, the Sir Syed Express from Rawalpindi, which was coming from the opposite instructions, encountered the hindered carriages.
According to the first record– called joint certification under the railway laws– almost one member of the team accepted the aforementioned reason while clarifying the situation after inspection of the website.
It claimed the group which checked out the site “found a welded rail joint busted fresh, indication of dental caries gauging 3 inch at the very least, its re-filling and then look of dental caries and indicator of broken joint with screws (foot and head of the rail) and indicator of hammering on the rail head, which couldn’t sustain the coming close to train tons.”
It also discovered dragging of the derailed instructors on the up track as much as 76 feet, recommending for fixing duty after forensic analyses of the broken rail piece.
The DS Sukkar, while speaking to media soon after the event, had actually revealed that there were around 6,000 joints on both backwards and forwards tracks in the Sukkur division and also the factor where the disaster had actually occurred was among the welded joints. He had additional disclosed that he had just one welding device which too was of poor quality, suggesting that the entire track required rehabilitation on an urgent basis.