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Jaipur-Ernakulam Express derails, trains diverted

By Our Special Correspondent

MUMBAI NOV. 8. The engine and seven coaches of the Jaipur-Ernakulam Express derailed between Kasu and Pen stations in Raigad district in Maharashtra early today. No casualties or injuries were reported by the Central Railway, which moved both relief and a special train to ferry the stranded passengers.

The accident, which took place in a single-line section on the Konkan Railway route, 111km from here, severely affected the movement of trains.

Railway officials said they had to contend with "a nightmarish re-routing operation" to ensure that as many trains as possible remained on the tracks. Several trains were cancelled and many long-distance trains were re-routed via Pune and Miraj.

The special train, sent from here, picked up the stranded passengers at Pen. The cause for derailment is still not known. It could be anything, police sources said, from a cracked wheel to a cracked track or even a missing or damaged fishplate.

The cancelled trains are: Mumbai-Madgaon Mandvi Express, Kurla-Madgaon Janshatabdi, Madgaon-Kurla Janshatabdi, Dadar-Ratnagiri passenger and Madgaon-Dova-Sawantwadi passenger. The last two were terminated at Chiplun.

Today's Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Mangala Express was diverted via Pune, Guntakal and Dharmavaram. Its counterpart starting from Ernakulam is being diverted via Madgaon, Londa, Miraj and Pune.

The Kurla-Mangalore Matsyagandha Express is also being routed via Pune and Guntakal.

The Netravati from Kurla will run via Pune, but its counterpart from Thiruvananthapuram would operate on the Madgaon-Londa, Miraj and Pune route.

The Ernakulam Okha Express is being diverted via Miraj and Pune, while the Madgaon-Mumbai Mandavi Express will run as per regular schedule because the track is expected to be restored later tonight.

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