Vande Bharat Express damaged once again after miscreants throw stones at driver’s screen, windows in UP's Achalda

The main driver's screen and some side windows of the Vande Bharat Express were damaged when the train was hit by stones during its Varanasi-New Delhi journey

Press Trust of India February 24, 2019 11:55:20 IST
Vande Bharat Express damaged once again after miscreants throw stones at driver’s screen, windows in UP's Achalda
  • Vande Bharat Express was hit by stones, damaging the main driver's screen and some side

  • After technical staff assessed damages, the train was found fit to run

  • Safety sheets were put on damaged windows to ensure passengers are not inconvenienced

New Delhi: The main driver's screen and some side windows of the Vande Bharat Express were damaged when the train was hit by stones during its Varanasi-New Delhi journey on Saturday, an official said.

Northern Railways Chief Public Relations Officer said a shower of ballast came flying towards the train near Achalda in Uttar Pradesh when the Dibrugarh Rajdhani, crossing on the adjoining line, run over a cattle. "The stone chunks hit the driver's windscreen and one each side outer glasses of windows of coach numbers C4, C6, C7, C8, C13 and two glass panes of C12, causing damage," the CPRO said.

Vande Bharat Express damaged once again after miscreants throw stones at drivers screen windows in UPs Achalda

File image of the Vande Bharat Express.

The statement said the technical staff on board the train assessed the damages and after careful examination the train was found fit to run. "So it carried on its onward journey to its destination station at its normal speed. The train has since then reached New Delhi railway station at 11.05 pm," it said.

The Northern Railways CPRO also said officials attended to the damaged windows and put on safety sheets to ensure passengers are not inconvenienced in any way during its Sunday journey. The train left for Varanasi Sunday morning on its scheduled time.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on 15 February flagged off the semi-high speed train from New Delhi Railway Station. Its commercial operations began on 17 February.

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