Mathura, 2011.04.21 (DJ): According to reports, North Eastern Railways will be stopping all service on the Mathura-Vrindavan railbus for an indefinite period of time.
When the railbus was started, two cars were used to shuttle passages back and forth between Vrindavan and Mathura Cantonment stations. The service was much appreciated by regular travelers who became habituated to using it.
For the past year, however, one of the two cars has been out of commission. NER sent for an engineer from Hyderabad, but he did not have the proper materials needed to conduct the repairs. Thus the single remaining railbus has had to take the entire load of five round trips a day.
As a matter of fact, the disabled railbus vehicle has not only been left languishing in the Mathura station, unrepaired, but has been serving as a source of spare parts to keep the other vehicle functioning. Despite this effort, this second vehicle is now also inoperable and will be taken out of service.
Formerly these vehicles were maintained by two mechanics who would come from Agra. Now two engineers are permanently stationed at Mathura. They have replaced all the car’s wheels and the seats, also. But they have not been able to fix the engine.
Travelers say that of late, the railbus is cancelled without warning. They also say that the railbus is becoming more unreliable, stopping frequently without apparent cause. They have appealed to NER for restoration of the complete service on this route.