Passengers on the Howrah-Burdwan chord and main lines had a harrowing time for the second consecutive day on Thursday as several trains were cancelled or delayed.
If Tuesday’s derailment of a goods train in Burdwan was responsible for the disruption the day after, Thursday’s harassment was caused by two snags in quick succession at Dankuni and Belur. “The snag at Belur around 6.20am led to the suspension of service on the main and chord lines,” said an official.
Normality resumed at 9.54am but the ripple effect continued for another couple of hours, resulting in several tourists returning from Poush Mela in Santiniketan reaching Calcutta late.
“I could not board a train on Wednesday but managed a reservation on the Santiniketan Express on Thursday. The train left Bolpur at 3.30pm, two-and-a-half hours behind schedule,” said Sampad Roy Chowdhury, who works in an ad agency.
Several long-distance trains — such as the Malda-Howrah Intercity Express and the Maa Tara Express — were delayed by over three hours.
At least 10 trains were rescheduled following late arrival of the corresponding Down trains because of fog. The Howrah-Rajgir Janata Express stands cancelled from December 28 to February 19. The Howrah-Sri Ganganagar Udyan Abha Toofan Express and the Lalquilla Express will run up to Mughalsarai till February 18.