Friday, 18 October, 2019

Dhaka-Sylhet rail communication resumes

Published on: 9:46 pm - Monday | June 24, 2019
Rail communications between Dhaka and Sylhet, which was suspended following a train accident in Moulvibazar, resumed on Monday evening.
The communication resumed around 7.30pm, said Baramchal Station Master Ruman Ahmed.
Kulaura Railway Senior Deputy Assistant Engineer Jewel Ahmed said, “We ran a trial train at 6:45pm after repairing the track and found no problem.”
The death toll from Sunday night’s train crash at Baramchal in Kulaura upazila rose to five.

The accident took place when six coaches of Dhaka-bound ‘Upaban Express’ from Sylhet veered off the tracks around 11:40pm after a culvert over the Barochhara Canal, 200 yards off Baramchal Railway Station, broke down, said Yardous Hasan, officer-in-charge of Kulaura Police Station.
Two of the coaches fell into the canal and one of them overturned, he said.
Kulaura Rail Station local in-charge Dulal Chandra Das said the train was overloaded with passengers as the bus services on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway remained halted since June 18 as a bailey bridge at Shahabajpur in Sarail of Brahmanbaria district collapsed.

Over 200 passengers were also wounded in the accident. Two separate committees have been formed to investigate the incident.

The first committee headed by Mizanur Rahman, chief mechanical engineer (east),and the second committee by Mainul Islam, divisional transport officer of Dhaka division. Both the committee have has been asked to submit its report in the next three workdays.