According to authorities, waterlogging on tracks as a result of recent heavy rains has caused the cancellation of more than 300 mail and express trains, 406 passenger trains between July 7 and July 15. They estimated that over 500 passenger trains and over 600 mail/express trains have been impacted by waterlogging.
Over the course of three days starting on Saturday, Northwest India had non-stop rain, with “heavy to extremely heavy” rainfall being recorded in numerous locations in Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. In Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Punjab, this led to overflowing rivers, streams, and drains that severely destroyed infrastructure and disrupted vital services.
A total of 300 mail and express trains have been cancelled, 100 have had their destinations changed, and 191 more have been diverted by Northern Railways, which serves this region. According to the officials, it has also short-originated about 67 trains. According to Northern Railways, 406 passenger trains were also cancelled, 28 were diverted, 56 were short-originated, and 54 were short-terminated as a result of the severe waterlogging.
“Traffic on the rail line has been suspended on Monday and Tuesday due to slides, water logging and debris on the tracks. Work on clearing the muck is on,” a senior railway official told.
Indian Railways has cancelled a number of trains in recent days due to heavy weather. Between July 19 and August 30, a total of 20 special trains have been cancelled.