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Train passengers stranded for 3 hrs on Amritsar-Delhi route

PTI  Phagwara, October 17, 2013
First Published: 13:47 IST(17/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:37 IST(17/10/2013)

Scores of rail passengers were today put to inconvenience as six trains remained stranded at different railway stations on Amritsar-Delhi route for over three hours owing to breaking of an electric wire.

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The trains remained stranded between Bhattian and Phillaur railway stations on Jalandhar-Ludhiana rail section of Amritsar-Delhi down line railway track.

Railway sources said that these trains resumed their journey after 10 am once the broken wire was repaired.

Sachkhand Express, plying between two holy Sikh shrines - Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar (Punjab) and Hazoor Sahib, Nanded (Maharashtra) - remained detained at Phagwara for three hours.

The train that arrives here at 7.08 am and leaves a minute after, left around 10.15 am much to the chagrin of passengers.

Other adversely affected trains included Amritsar-Delhi Superfast, Amritsar-Saharsa Janseva Express, Amritsar-Haridwar Jan Shatabdi, Amritsar-Katihar (Amarpali) Express and Amritsar-Mumbai Delux, sources said.

The inordinate delay disturbed schedules of several long-distance passengers, and especially created problems for those who were to get connecting trains or change ones at New Delhi or other stations.

TD Chawla, a septuagenarian social activist, was one such harried passenger was to change train at New Delhi railway station to board a train to Pune where he is to meet his ailing brother.

Many other passengers were found to be in a similar situation.

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