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Another intercity train derails in Moulvibazar

  • Published at 12:23 pm July 20th, 2019
Moulvibazar map
Map of Moulvibazar district Dhaka Tribune

The incident occurred a day after intercity train Jayantika Express was derailed at the same spot

Yet another intercity train in Moulvibazar in Sylhet has derailed, causing rail communication to be temporarily suspended for an hour between Sylhet and the rest of Bangladesh.

Kalni Express, bound for Dhaka, went off the tracks after the wheel on a bogie got detached when it was entering the Kulaura Railway Station around 9:20am on Saturday morning.

The incident occurred a day after intercity train Jayantika Express was derailed at the same spot. 

It has caused mass panic among the passengers. 

Locals, along with passengers, have started questioning the reliability of the repair works done on the rail tracks, as two separate trains swerved off the tracks at the same place on two consecutive days.

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Many passengers have claimed that the Sylhet-Akhaura railway is becoming dangerous due to the negligence of the Railway Department.

Kulaura Station Master Md Muhib Uddin told Dhaka Tribune that the wheel has been placed back on the tracks.

When asked why the derailment occurred, he said only the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) officials would be able to answer the question, as they have worked to mend the rail tracks following the Jayantika's derailment until Friday midnight. 

 Sylhet Railway Sub-Assistant Engineer (Road) Ashraful Alam said he was on his way to the spot, and the reason behind the recurring train derailment will be examined thoroughly.

On June 23, at least four people were killed and scores injured after intercity train Upaban Express derailed at Kulaura. 

The accident occurred after a culvert it was crossing, which was adjacent to Kala Miar Bazar and only 200 yards away from Baramchal Railway Station, broke down, causing five bogies of the train to veer off tracks.