Train journey in western zone becoming ‘risky’
Train journey in the country's eastern zone is becoming 'hazardous' due to frequent derailments and robberies.
According to the railway sources in the district, within the last one year, at least nine trains derailed at various points of the eastern regions.
Every time a train derailed, movements of other trains were disrupted for hours, causing immense sufferings to the passengers.
A railway official said that frequent derailments have been occurring mainly due to lack of maintenance.
"The tracks and wheels have become mostly unfit. Sometimes drivers' lack of efficiency also causes such accident," the official told this correspondent.
The latest incident of derailment took place on November 14 at Kudda in the district disputing rail links from Dhaka to Chittagong, Sylhet, Noakhali and Chandpur.
On September 30 this year, a Chittagong-bound oil carrier derailed at Mandabhag railway station in Brahmanbaria. The mishap immediately disrupted all rail communications for two hours in the region.
On June 06, 2013, six compartments of an intercity train skidded off the track in Kashba upazila of the district, snapping the rail links of four routes of Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet for three hours.
Besides derailments, incidents of robberies have also become a cause for concern.
Lately on January 31 this year, robbers took away valuables of three passengers and killed them by pushing off a Dhaka-bound commuter train at Brahmanbaria-Phagachang section.
Robbers also killed five railway staff of different trains on the same route in the last 15 years, railway officials said.
Train attacks by unruly kids led to injury of a train driver in Brahmanbaria and death of a woman in Chittagong this year.
"I used to travel by train regularly, but nowadays I try to avoid a train journey. Who knows when robbers would attack the passengers or the train get derailed. Life threat and time loss both are there," said Golap Mia, a regular passenger from Akhaura.
Abdul Motalib, station superintendent of Akhaura Railway Junction, said they were working to identify the 'actual' causes of frequent derailments and address them.