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Shatabdi Express slows down
Tripti Nath
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 10
All trains running between Chandigarh and Ambala will reach their destination 45 minutes behind schedule for at least a fortnight due to speed restrictions on the Ambala-Chandigarh-Kalka section.

The Kalka-Delhi Shatabdi Express, which resumed service after six days, was running behind schedule by an hour on Monday and Tuesday due to the speed restrictions imposed on the Ambala-Chandigarh-Kalka section.

While confirming that the train was running late by an hour, Chief Public Relations Officer, Northern Railway, Mr Davinder P.R.S Sandhu said all trains running between Chandigarh and Ambala would be delayed by 45 minutes and speed restrictions would continue for “at least 15-20 days”.

He said that speed restrictions were unavoidable and were being observed by all trains running between Chandigarh and Ambala to ensure safe operations.

Trains which are required to keep a check on their speed are the two pairs of Kalka Shatabdi, a pair of Jan Shatabdi, the Kalka Mail, the Paschim Link Express and the Ludhiana-Chandigarh Express.

Mr Sandhu explained that six speed restrictions were being observed between Ghaggar bridge and Dhulkot, a little before Ambala. He said that the speed of the Kalka-Delhi Shatabdi Express has been brought down from 110 kmph to 50 kmph on this stretch as a precautionary measure.

“The train stopped six times on the two repaired bridges and four other points on the track. At places where we feel that the track needs to be observed, we pass the train at a speed of 10 kmph. Trains are losing time because of damage caused by floods.

This is expected to continue for at least 15-20 days because of an intermittent rain in the Ghaggar catchment area. There is sustained flow of water and the ground under the track is wet, marshy and susceptible to sinking. Considering all these facts, we do not intend to increase the speed of the train till we are hundred per cent sure that the track is stable, he added.

A senior journalist who boarded the Kalka-Delhi Shatabdi Express on Monday evening told TNS that the passengers did not mind the delay. On the contrary, they were appreciative of the precautionary measures being taken by the railways. He said that it was a matter of great relief for the passengers that the Kalka-Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi Express had resumed service.


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