Thick haze holds up trains

Jamshedpur: The prevailing cold wave and dense fog enveloping the northern parts of the country have thrown into disarray schedules of several long distance trains passing through Tatanagar.

While the New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express was cancelled on Wednesday, Puri-bound Purushottam Superfast Express, scheduled to arrive at Tatanagar at 8pm on Tuesday chugged in at 2pm on Wednesday.

The New Delhi-Puri Neelanchal Express is expected to arrive at Tatanagar past midnight against its normal arrival time of 7.30am on Wednesday.

Sampark Kranti Express heading for Bhubaneswar from New Delhi is likely to be delayed by around 15 hours. The train, which was supposed to arrive at Tatanagar at 4.20am, will roll in around 8pm.

The Amritsar-Tata Jammu Tawi Express, scheduled to arrive at 10.30am, is likely to get delayed by 10 hours.

Tatanagar station director H.K. Balmuchu said, "We are helpless as the trains were already running behind time when they reached Chakradharpur division. We are making necessary announcements through the public address system."

The enquiry counter at the Tatanagar station was flooded with passenger queries.

Passengers, mostly those who were returning to the city after spending their winter vacations, were inconvenienced. "Our train got delayed by 18 hours. We were supposed to reach last (Tuesday) night but because of the delay, the train reached this (Wednesday) afternoon. It was a painful journey," Jugsalai-resident Mahesh Agarwal, who was travelling on the Purushottam Express along with his wife and two children, said.


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