Train services on Kharagpur-Bhadrak section of South Eastern Railway (SER) will remain affected for three days, starting Friday, owing to urgent reinstallation of steel girders on a bridge between Balasore and Haldipada stations.
According to railway officials at the SER headquarters at Garden Reach in Calcutta, the repair work is expected to go on for over 48 hours, leading to cancellation of a dozen mail, express and passenger trains plying between Kharagpur and Bhadrak during the weekend.
Trains on the Kharagpur-Chakradharpur section will run on diverted routes.
Railway authorities at Tatanagar said it was an unexpected development and such work was taking place on the section after a long time.
“We will take necessary steps to ensure that passengers are not inconvenienced. However, most trains will run late,” a senior official of Chakradharpur division said.
A notification in this regard was issued by the SER on Wednesday.
The down Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express will run on a diverted route on February 21 and 22. Instead of travelling via Tatanagar, the train will pass through Jharsuguda, Sambalpur and Angul. The up train from Puri will take the same diversion on February 22 and 23.
Similarly, the Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Superfast Express (down) on February 21 and 22 will travel through Dongaposi section and not via Kharagpur, its normal route. The up train will do the same on February 22 and 23.
The Guwahati-Chennai Weekly Express will run via Asansol, Tatanagar and Jharsuguda instead of its normal route via Sambalpur and Titlagarh in Odisha.
Services of a few other express and passenger trains will also be affected. They will run behind schedule on all the three days, the SER officials maintained.