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Train services hit

Trains services on the Howrah-Mumbai via Tatanagar route were disrupted on Thursday after heavy rain washed away tracks at Raigarh in Bilaspur division of South East Central Railway.

Railway authorities said as a bridge between Raigarh and Katraila was under water, all trains coming from Mumbai and Pune had to be diverted and were running several hours late. Instead of travelling through Bilaspur, the trains are running via Raipur, Titlagarh and Jharsuguda.

Speaking to The Telegraph, station manager in-charge of Tatanagar railway station Rajendra Prasad said: “Heavy rainfall over the last 24 hours washed away railway tracks at Raigarh. All long-distance trains from Mumbai and Pune have been forced to travel on a diverted route.”

Among the trains diverted are the Durg-Danapur Express, Shalimar-LTT Express and Howrah-Ahmedabad Express. The Puri-Hardwar Utkal Express was terminated at Jharsuguda while the Tata-Bilaspur Passenger had to be cancelled. The Howrah-Pune Azad Hind Express and Howrah-Mumbai Mail were also made to run on the diverted route.

Due to massive delays, passengers at several railway stations under Chakradharpur division including Tatanagar, Jharsuguda, Chakradharpur and Cini demanded refund on tickets. “A special counter was opened at Tatangar for cancellation of tickets and giving refunds to passengers,” an official at the computerised ticket booking centre said.

A section of passengers also created ruckus at the Tatanagar railway station when they came to know about the cancellation of the Tata-Bilaspur Passenger.

Officials of South East Central Railway said efforts were on to repair the damaged tracks. “Normal rail traffic is expected to be restored in the next two days,” said an official.

According to sources, railway engineers have already inspected the damaged tracks near Raigarh.

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