A coach of Jammu Tawi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed on Thursday morning at the New Delhi Railway station even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, laid the foundation of bullet train in Ahmedabad.
According to reports, no one was injured in the latest incident of train derailment. The incident took place around 6.00 am when the train was entering the platform.
There have been considerable rise in train derailment in the recent months. In August this year, 14 coaches of a high- speed Utkal Express jumped the rails, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli this evening, claiming at least 23 lives and leaving a large number of passengers injured.
On 7 September, seven coaches of Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express jumped the rails near the Obra Dam station in Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh at around 6:25 am while the engine and power car of the Ranchi-Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed near Minto Bridge in Delhi, injuring a person.
Two wagons of a goods train derailed in Khandala in Maharashtra on the same day. Faced with embarrassment, the then Union Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu, had offered to resign. He was later replaced with Piyush Goyal in the cabinet reshuffle earlier this month.
Ironically, Goyal, while speaking on Thursday, had used Rajdhani’s example to prove a point in defence of his government’s decision to opt for bullet trains.
He said in Ahmedabad, “Many people criticised the introduction of Rajdhani but now it is the train everyone wants to travel in.”