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'Rail traffic should not be restored'

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, JULY 30. The Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety, Lucknow, Mr. R. Rajamani, has recommended that traffic on the bridge between Kadalundi and Parpanangadi should not be restored immediately.

Mr. Rajamani, who conducted a statutory inquiry into the accident of the Mangalore-Chennai Mail near Kadalundi on June 22, in his provisional findings with a preliminary report to the Government, categorised the accident as failure of equipment-pier of the bridge. Fifty-two persons died and about 325 passengers suffered injuries in the accident.

In his immediate recommendations, he said all bridges of cast iron cylindrical/screw piles in Indian Railways should be replaced.

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