The Indian railway system is one of the largest and busiest railway networks in the world, catering to millions of passengers every day. One of the primary concerns of any railway system is to ensure that trains operate timely, smoothly and without any delays. However, this goal is not always achieved due to several factors.
The recent incident of the delayed 12420 train is a classic example of how a seemingly simple error can lead to chaos and inconvenience for passengers. The 12420 train is a premium express train operated by the Indian Railways. It runs between New Delhi and Gaya Junction with stops at various stations along the way. Unfortunately, on a recent day, this train experienced a delay of nearly 12 hours, causing immense inconvenience and frustration for passengers.
Delays to trains can occur for several reasons, such as technical faults with the train, issues with railway tracks, labor strikes, or severe weather conditions. In the case of the 12420 train, the reason for the delay was a technical fault. The train’s locomotive developed a snag, leading to a complete halt in the train’s progress. Attempts were made to repair the engine, but it failed to work, and a replacement was arranged.
The delay of the 12420 train created chaos at the New Delhi railway station. Several passengers were stranded with no information on the delay, no arrangements for food or water, and no idea of when the train would arrive. The situation was made worse by the amazing crowd of off-season travelers making their way to their hometowns.
While slight delays to train schedules are common, delays of hours or days can be extremely challenging for passengers. Such delays affect not only the passengers but also the economy and businesses associated with railway transportation. Furthermore, it can impact the safety of the passengers if the delays force people to overcrowd trains, causing accidents or safety hazards.
In conclusion, delays in train schedules are an unavoidable aspect of railway travel. However, there are ways to minimize the severity of delays and improve the infrastructure and management of railway systems. The Indian railways must adopt modern technological advancements, invest in efficient workforce, and enhance maintenance and repair procedures to reduce such inconveniences to the passengers in future.