Passengers wait for a Bihar-bound train at Tatanagar on Wednesday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Train services were disrupted on Tata-Patna route for several hours on Wednesday after an express derailed near Patna Sahib station in Danapur division of East Central Railway.
Railway sources said 12 bogies of Danapur-Kamakhya Capital Express derailed but there were no casualties.
The incident affected the schedule of a number of trains that originate from Tatanagar station.
The Tata-Danapur Express, which left the steel city at 8.15am was terminated at Asansol and sent back to Tatanagar.
Tatanagar station manager Awtar Singh said that Tata-South Bihar Express, which left Tatanagar at around 7.30 pm, would run as per schedule. Singh added that the train might be short-terminated.
A special counter was opened where passengers not willing to travel could cancel their tickets.
Sources from Tatanagar station revealed that the enquiry was flooded with calls regarding the schedule of Bihar-bound trains. “Durga Puja just got over. Many people, who had come to Jamshedpur for the festival, are planning to return. The disruption in rail traffic will inconvenience them,” said a passenger at Tatanagar station.
The derailment also had an impact on the movement of trains coming towards Tatanagar. These had to travel through diverted routes and were delayed. Railway sources said that New Delhi-Puri Purushottam Superfast Express was running about two hours late.
Meanwhile, some passengers created ruckus at the station over delay in arrival of trains from North India.
A railway spokesperson promised swift action. “Track repair work is being carried out under the supervision of railway engineers. Senior railway authorities have reached the spot. Normal services are expected to be restored late in the evening,” he said, adding that as many as 17 passenger trains of various destinations had to be cancelled due to the derailment.