The movement of trains to major cities of the country via Itarsi, about 90 kms from here, has been hit hard, leaving the passengers high and dry.

"Movement of 25 trains has been affected. Two or three trains have been terminated midway,"  Bhopal Railway Division Public Relation Officer I A Siddiqui said.
    
"We have diverted many trains through other routes," he said.
    
Itarsi Assistant Station Master Ashish Dubey said the trains are being cleared by manual signalling. Efforts are on to fix the problem. The system is likely to be restored by evening, he said.
    
The fire broke out at the RRI due to a short-circuit. A part of RRI was to be replaced in 1998, but it was not done and this could have caused the short circuit, railway sources said.

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