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Several trains running late

Movement of trains on the New Delhi-Tatanagar route was severely disrupted after Maoists blew up rail tracks on the Gaya-Mughalsarai section of East Central Railway in Bihar late on Tuesday night.

Several trains coming from New Delhi were running more than six hours late, while the New Delhi-Bhubaneshwar Sampark Kranti Express and New Delhi-Puri Neelanchal Express were delayed by over 11 hours.

The scheduled arrival time of the Bhubaneshwar-bound Sampark Kranti Express at Tatanagar station is 5.40 am. But on Wednesday, the train reached Jamshedpur around 4 pm.

The Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express (Dn) also reached Tatanagar around 4.15 pm, more than five hours late.

Officials at Calcutta’s Garden Reach, headquarters of SER, said a dozen mail and express trains, including three Rajdhanis were stranded at various places between Gaya and Mughalsarai.

Authorities opened a counter at Tatanagar to help passengers, unwilling to travel, cancel their tickets.

Officials at Tatanagar said the Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Superfast Express (Dn) was expected to arrive around midnight, more than four and a half hours late.

The Puri-bound Neelanchal Express, coming from New Delhi, reached Tatanagar around 6.30 pm, delayed by more than 11 hours.

A railway spokesperson said they were working round the clock to restore normal services.

“Track repair work is being carried out under the supervision of senior engineers. Senior officials have reached the spot. Normal services are expected to be restored by tomorrow,” he said, adding overhead high tension electric wires were also damaged in the rebel blasts.