Jamshedpur, June 30: Train services of South Eastern Railway were affected from 6:30 am on Friday due to Rail Roko organised by supporters of ‘Bharat Jakat Majhi Pargana Mahal’ for their issues.
Agitations were staged at Balichak, Nekurseni and Khemasuli stations of Kharagpur Division and Salboni ,Chhatna, Madhukunda, Garhdhrubeswar and Piardoba stations of Adra Division.
As a result a number of trains have been cancelled, short terminated and controlled at various stations enroute. Railway sources said the members of the outfit staged the rail blockade in support of their several demands which also includes the issue of amendments in CNT and SPT Acts in Jharkhand. During the agitation they also raised slogans against the amendments in tenancy laws.
Hundreds of protesters under the banner of the tribal outfit squatted on the track since around 9 am this morning, throwing train schedules haywire. The agitation continued for eight hours till 5 pm .
The Ranchi-Howrah Inter City Express was short terminated at Tatanagar railway station. This led to mass cancellation of tickets by those who were supposed to travel to Howrah. 12860 Howrah-Mumbai Geetanjali Express was rescheduled to leave Howrah at 14.50 hrs instead of 13.50 hrs.
Passengers of Bhubaneshwar-bound Rajdhani Express also faced a tough time. The train from Delhi reached Tatangar railway station on its scheduled time at 10.35 am. Since then the train got stuck up at Tatanagar railway station.
The Up Howrah-Titlagarh Ispat Superfast Express and Up Howrah-Barbil Janshatabdi Express ran on a right time. But, during return journey both the trains got stuck up near Sini railway stations in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan station.
12074 Bhubaneswar-Howrah Jan Shatabdi Express was short terminated at Kharagpur and ran back as 12073 from Kharagpur to Bhubaneswar. So the service of this pair of train was cancelled between Kharagpur and Howrah.
The Tatanagar station assumes importance in view because it is located on the Howrah-Mumbai main route. Several important trains travel via Tatanagar, including the high-profile Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express.
The station sees a daily traffic of 90 mail, express and passenger trains, besides a footfall of more than 60,000 passengers.