Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said that 80 per cent of the Shramik trains travel to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar so the maximum of the trains run on the same track which leads to congestion. “In such a case, it is better to take a longer route and reach the destination faster,” he said.

Early Saturday, a Shramik Special train ferrying migrants from Mumbai to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh reached Odisha’s Rourkela. (Image for representation: PTI)

It is quite normal for the railways to divert some trains, running on a single route, to other routes in a bid to avoid congestion — Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said on Saturday when asked to clarify on how a Shramik train from Mumbai to Gorakhpur reached Odisha overnight.

Vinod Kumar Yadav, in a daily press brief, said that it is better to take a longer route and reach the destination on time rather than waiting for decongestion on one route.

“Trains will not reach on time if all of them are run on the same track. It is better to run some trains on routes where there is less traffic. It is quite normal to divert trains,” Vinod Kumar Yadav said.

Vinod Kumar Yadav also said that 80 per cent of the Shramik trains travel to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar so the maximum of the trains run on the same track which leads to congestion. “In such a case, it is better to take a longer route and reach the destination faster. There are officers taking decisions on train routes and tracking trains every day,” he said.

Early Saturday, a Shramik Special train ferrying migrants from Mumbai to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh reached Odisha’s Rourkela.

This triggered a row with claims that the driver lost his way.

Congress leader RPN Singh tweeted: “Shramik Special from Mumbai to Gorakhpur, UP lands up in Rourkela, Odisha because the driver lost his way. Any resemblance to current government strategy is purely coincidental. Hope the exhausted passengers get home safely soon.”

Soon after, a railway official clarified: “We have decided to run few of the Shramik trains on diverted routes. Some trains are diverted for Bihar via Rourkela yesterday [on Friday]to clear congestion.”

“There was a certain operational compulsion of these diversions. The railways has been operationalising things at a time when conditions are really challenging. The movement and converging of hundreds of trains in direction of one or two states only from all kinds of train routes is a complex exercise,” he said.

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