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Cold weather, fog disrupt train schedules

Jamshedpur, Dec. 9: The cold and foggy weather in north India has badly hit train schedules, especially those coming from New Delhi and Bihar.

As many as half-a-dozen trains, including New Delhi-Puri Neelanchal Express, New Delhi-Bhubaneshwar Sampark Kranti Express, New Delhi- Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani Express, Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Superfast Express, Anandvihar- Santragachi Express and Jammu Tawi Express which runs via Tatanagar have been running late, way behind schedule, today.

Rajdhani Express, which arrives at Tatanagar at 10.35 a.m., was delayed by around 14 hours. The train is expected to reach Tatanagar around mid-night, said O P Sharma, station manager of Tatanagar. The scheduled departure of the train from the originating station (Bhubaneshwar) is 9.15 a.m. However, as it will arrive inordinately late, the departure from Bhubaneshwar will have to be rescheduled.

Neelanchal Express’ normal arrival schedule of 7.30 a.m., but the train is expected to arrive at around 6.30 p.m., a delay of 11 hours.

The Puri-bound Purushottam Superfast Express was running four hours late. The scheduled arrival time of the train at Tatanagar is 8.30 p.m., but the train is expected here past mid-night.

The schedule of Sampark Kranti Express heading for Bhubaneshwar from New Delhi was also hit, as the train was delayed by about four hours. The train was supposed to arrive at Tatanagar at 4.45 a.m., but eventually rolled in at 8.45 a.m. today.

Rajdhani Express, which arrives at Tatanagar at 10.50 a.m., was delayed by about one hour yesterday. The train reached Tatanagar at 11.55 a.m.

Station manager at Tatanagar Awtar Singh said trains were running late due to excessive fog. Officials at the railway enquiry section said that the Patna-Tata-Durg South Bihar Express arrived almost two hours late and the Danapur-Tatanagar Superfast Express was running late by about three hours.

Railway officials said that dense fog in the northern parts of the country is taking a toll on movement of passenger trains. “We have opened an extra counter at the railway station for refund of tickets and also to inform the passengers about the latest status of trains,” Awtar Singh said.

Numerous passengers have been facing trouble due to the delay in long-distance trains and the situation is unchanged for the past few days.

Trains for other destinations like Mumbai and Kolkata were also running late.

Some passengers said they had to travel standing though they had confirmed tickets. A few even lodged complaints with the station superintendent.

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