Wait gets longer at railway stations as trains run late
Almost zero visibility, not just in Delhi but in various states across north India, continued to disrupt train movements on Sunday. HT reportsdelhi Updated: Dec 26, 2010 23:44 IST
Almost zero visibility, not just in Delhi but in various states across north India, continued to disrupt train movements on Sunday.
Senior northern railway officials said train drivers have been asked to drive slower than normal during foggy conditions to avoid accidents. However, slow movement of trains forced northern railways to reschedule the departure of 23 trains, while 10 had to be cancelled, officials confirmed.
The Gujjar agitation in Bayana in Rajasthan also added to the woes of passengers by disrupting train services, the officials said. “While many trains were diverted, several were delayed. This added to the problem,” a northern railway spokesman said.
Almost all Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Doronto Express trains coming to Delhi from different parts of the country were delayed by several hours. Besides, Jansadharan Express, Katihar Express, Purshottam Express, Brahmaputra Mail, AP Express, and Gujarat Sampark Kranti Express were also hit by fog, a senior northern railway official added.
Ananda Apfelbaum from New York, who was going to Bodh Gaya in the Mahabodhi Express, said: “I was totally shocked. I asked people at the railway station and they confirmed that the train has indeed been delayed by 10 hours.”
Several local trains — shuttle and EMUs —were also affected due to fog. However, there were not many local passengers who were affected due to delay, as it was a Sunday.
However, thousands of passengers, along with with children and heavy luggage, could be seen waiting at the platforms of Delhi’s three main junctions — Old Delhi, New Delhi and Nizamuddin railway stations. The waiting halls at all the stations were packed and passengers had a tough time.
“We have advised passengers to confirm whether their train is on time before reaching the stations. We also have helpline numbers for the three stations,” the spokesman said.
Helpline numbers: New Delhi Railway Station: 011-237440452, Old Delhi: 011-23967322, Nizamuddin: 011-24355964.