GUWAHATI, Sept 10: The 12-hour Bharat bandh call given by Congress and 21 Opposition parties has affected the train services in the state.
Nine mail/express and passenger trains had to be detained and were delayed by 20 to 80 minutes due to picketers obstructing tracks at various stations in Lumding and Tinsukia divisions of NF Railway, an NF Railway release informed here Monday.
Seven other trains had to be cancelled, two trains short-terminated and four trains had to be diverted because of damage to tracks due to heavy rain on Sunday night in Alipurduar Division.
Picketers had resorted to block of railway tracks at Silchar between Kalkalighat and Baraigram, between Moranhat and Sibsagar Town at Digboi and between Nakachari and Mariani. However, these blockades were lifted later and train services resumed, the release said.
In another unrelated incident, incessant rain resulted in damage to railway embankment at km 92/3-4 and km 83/2-3 between Carron and Banarhat stations of Alipurduar division on Sunday night. However, the train service was restored from Monday evening.
As a result, 55726 Dn /55725 Up Alipurduar Siliguri Passenger, 15768 Dn /15757 Up Alipurduar – Siliguri Intecity Express, 15765 Up / 15766 Dn Ailiguri – Dhubri Intercity Express, 55465 Alipurduar – Bamanhat Passenger were cancelled, the release said.
The 55467 Up /55468 Dn Siliguri – Bamanhat express was short terminated at Alipurduar Jn. The 15483 Dn Sikkim – Mahananda Express was diverted to run via Alipurduar Jn – New Coochbehar – Raninagar Jalpaiguri with 2-minute stoppage at New Coochbehar, Falakata, Dhupguri, New Maynaguri and Jalpaiguri Road, 13149 Up Kanchan Kanya Express was diverted to run via New Jalpaiguri – Raninagar Jalpaiguri – New Coochbehar – Alipurduar Jn with 2-minute stoppages at Jalpaiguri Road, New maynaguri, Dhupguri, Falakata and New Coochbehar, 12348 Up Capital Express was diverted to run via New Jalpaiguri – Raninagar Jalpaiguri – New Coochbehar – Samuktala Road with 2-minute stoppages at Jalpaiguri Road, New Maynaguri, Dhupguri, Falakata and New Coochbehar and 15661 Up Ranchi Express was diverted to run via New Jalpaiguri – Raninagar Jalpaiguri – New Coochbehar – Samuktala Road with 2-minute stoppages at Jalpaiguri Road, New Maynaguri, Dhupguri, Falakata and New Coochbehar.