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After video of cloth wrapping on rail goes viral, CR

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

After a video of railway employees "tying" a fractured piece of track with a cloth surfaced, officials hastened to clarify that the cloth was only used as a marker.

A rail fracture was reported between the suburban Govandi and Mankhurd stations on the Harbour Line at 6.32 PM. It was repaired within half an hour.

But a video soon began to do rounds, which claimed that a piece of cloth was used to tie up the fractured part.

Railway officials clarified that the cloth only marked the point of fracture, and it was not used to bridge the crack.

"The fish plate was intact....since paint does not stick in the rain, the cloth was put as marking instead of paint....safety was not compromised at all," a statement by the said.

Samir Jhaveri, an RTI and passenger rights activist, however, demanded an inquiry by the Commissioner of Railway Safety into the matter.

Services on all three lines of the suburban railway in -- Western, Central and Harbour -- were severely hit by torrential rains today.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 23:50 IST
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