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Damaged track between Sardargarh and Karamgarh villages in Bathinda district disrupted the rail traffic on the route for an hour on Sunday morning. The driver of Ganganagar-Haridwar passenger train reported the one-foot long fracture after he had to halt the train around 6.30 am.
An official of the government railway police travelling as a member of the train security said most bogies had crossed the affected portion when the train was brought to a halt.
Ruling out any foul play,a railway official said: The fracture was caused by climatic conditions. The rail traffic resumed after new fish plates were fixed on the damaged track. The Ganganagar-Haridwar train resumed its journey around 7.30 am.
Sources in the railways told The Indian Express that the railway track had been replaced only a month ago. Around 10 kilometre away from Sundays fracture site,work is still in progress to replace another stretch of the track.
The sources added that the damaged portion would be sent to the Railways Design and Standards Organisation in Lucknow to ascertain whether the fracture was caused by variation in temperature or due to an inherent defect.