Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Fog hits trains, Purushottam Superfast Express and Utkal Express rescheduled

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Jamshedpur : Dense fog continued to delay several long-distance trains coming from New Delhi and other northern parts of the country, and passing through Tatanagar, on Monday.

Two trains have been rescheduled. The Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Superfast Express will leave at 4.30 am ( on Tuesday) from Puri instead of its schedule departure time of 9.45 pm ( on Monday). Hence, the train will be delayed by 6.45 hours when it reaches Tatanagar.

The Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express was also rescheduled by 2.20 hours. The train which is supposed to leave Puri today at 8.55 pm will leave at 11.15 in the night.

On Sunday, Puri-bound Purushottam Superfast Express was late by over 17 hours. Instead of its schedule arrival time of 8 pm, the train reached Tatanagar railway station this afternoon at 1.30 pm.

Bhubaneshwar-bound Rajdhani Express, whose schedule arrival at Tatanagar is at 10.35 am, was delayed by over 8 hours today. The train was expected to reached here at 6.30 pm. Similarly, the Puri-bound Neelanchal Express was delayed by over 10 hours. The schedule arrival time of the train at Tatanagar is 7.30 am. But, railway officials here informed the train was expected to come to the Tatanagar railway station at around 5 pm.

The Tata-Jammu Tawi Express ( Dn) which leaves at 10.20 am was running late by over 10 hours. The movement of a couple of local trains, including the Tata-Kharagpur MEMU Express, which leaves early in the morning, was also affected due to fog.

Station manager at Tatanagar O.P Sharma said that like every year too fog is playing a spoil sport. From past one week trains are being delayed. Moreover, the trains from north got delayed in other railway divisions before they entered Chakradharpur. In Chakradharpur railway division too the surface visibility was poor early in the morning today.”

The movement of long-distance buses to and from Bihar, Bengal, Odisha, and other destinations within the state was also affected to the fog.

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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