A Vande Bharat Express train on its way to Jaipur was saved from a potential accident thanks to the quick thinking of its loco pilot. The train, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 24, was approaching Chittorgarh when the driver noticed large stones placed on the tracks. To prevent a derailment, the pilot immediately applied the emergency brakes, bringing the train to a halt. Additionally, railway staff members removed the stones and a metal rod that had been inserted between the joints of the tracks.
The incident, captured on video, has shocked social media users, who are now demanding strict action against those responsible for placing the stones on the tracks. In a thorough inspection of the tracks between Gangrar and Soniyana stations, railway staff also found and removed a loose fastener.
This incident occurred on the same day that Prime Minister Modi was in Chittorgarh for a rally. The Udaipur-Jaipur Vande Bharat Express, covering a distance of 435 kilometers in 6 hours and 15 minutes, was inaugurated by the Prime Minister via video conferencing.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time the semi-high-speed Vande Bharat Express has faced such incidents. In May, stones were thrown at a train in Kerala, and in April, another incident of stone throwing was reported in Visakhapatnam. Earlier in January, two window panes of the train were damaged due to stones being thrown at it near the Phansidewa area of the Darjeeling district.
These incidents highlight the need for increased security measures and stricter actions against those involved in endangering the safety of passengers and train operations.