How CCTV cameras in hilly area helped prevent train accident in Lonavala in Maharashtra – Watch
An increasing number of accidents tend to happen during the monsoon season. One such accident was everted on Thursday night when alert staff used footage garnered from CCTV cameras and stepped in with preemptive actions.
In the ghat (mountainous/hilly) section of the Mumbai-Pune route of the Central Railways, CCTV cameras were installed for monitoring during the monsoon season. They proved to be useful on Thursday night when a train accident was prevented.
A huge boulder had fallen on the train tracks near Lonavala at around 8:15 on Thursday night. Mumbai Kolhapur Sahyadri Express was stopped well within time before it could hit the boulder. CCTV monitoring staff noticed the boulder on the tracks and alerted the railway officials in time which helped avert the accident.
The boulder was 2.3 metre long and 1.6 metre high and 2.2 metre wide. It was big enough to cause major damage had the train hit it.
Sunil Udasi, Chief Spokesperson, Central Railway, told PTI, “The monitoring staff not only alerted higher authorities but also ensured that power supply to the overhead equipment was switched off and oncoming trains were stopped well in time.”
The Sahyadri Express was delayed by more than two hours due to the fallen boulder. It was reversed to Thakurwadi station (near Kalyan junction) from where it resumed its journey towards Kolhapur at about 10:30 pm.
The commuters were provided with water at Thakurwadi station and when the train reached Lonavala at around 11 pm, they were also served snacks.
The route was made operational by 11 pm. Udasi added that the traffic on the route was restored in the “shortest possible time”.
Source – timesnownews.