Hazara express incident: Why was the wood used on Track? Railway authorities clarify

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The Hazara Express incident near Nawabshah has sparked a heated debate and criticism surrounding the use of wooden joints on the railway track. In response, Pakistani railway officials have provided a technical explanation to shed light on the matter.

According to the explanation issued by railway authorities, the railway track is electrified, and isolation is required to control its electrification. Those familiar with electrical systems can better understand this process. To manage isolation, a material is needed that prevents the passage of current.

In this context, railway authorities have shared a video demonstrating the use of a 2-foot wooden piece placed alongside the joint of the railway track, tightly securing the second iron rail with bolt and nut. This measure is taken to isolate the current and ensure a proper electrical connection.

Authorities emphasize that using wood for isolation is a suitable material, as wood is a non-conductor and this type of joint is applied throughout Pakistan. This method does not compromise the track’s strength or integrity.

It’s worth noting that a video circulating on social media shows the wooden joint being used to connect the railway track, which has led to criticism directed at the government and the railway administration.

Remember that on Sunday, several carriages of the Hazara Express, which was traveling from Karachi to Havelian near Nawabshah, derailed from the track. As a result, at least 30 people lost their lives, and more than 80 individuals sustained injuries.

The incident has raised questions about the maintenance and safety of railway tracks, particularly the use of wooden materials in crucial junctions. As investigations into the matter continue, it is hoped that the railway authorities will take necessary measures to enhance the safety and security of passengers and prevent such tragedies in the future.