Tunnel horror for Vaishno Yatra pilgrims

Chandigarh: The newly introduced train to Katra, base camp of Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir, was stuck in a tunnel for an hour on Wednesday morning due to engine failure near Katra Railway Station.

The fully air conditioned super-fast Shri Shakti Express was launched on Tuesday from New Delhi. Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Ferozepur Division, under which the rail network in Jammu and Kashmir falls, N C Goyal told PTI that the train reached Katra at 7 AM against the scheduled arrival time of 5.10 AM.

The train was stuck in a tunnel, about five kms before its destination Katra, due to failure of its engine inside the tunnel. Since Katra is a new station from where train services were launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently, another engine was rushed from Udhampur.

Goyal said the details of the delay and the engine failure is awaited. Northern Railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma said the train was stuck due to “engine failure”. “There was no problem in the tunnel or the line. Another engine was pressed into service to carry forward the journey,” he said.

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