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Metro carries over 27,000 passengers during bandh

Metro rail services were normal in New Delhi during the Left-sponsored 12-hour bandh today though traffic in Eastern and South Eastern Railway was thrown out of gear owing to blockades at various places.

kolkata Updated: Jul 05, 2010 21:32 IST

Metro rail services were normal in New Delhi during the Left-sponsored 12-hour bandh today though traffic in Eastern and South Eastern Railway was thrown out of gear owing to blockades at various places.

"Metro services were normal. In all, 27,733 passengers travelled by the metro during the bandh period," a Metro Railway official said, adding the frequency of services was like any other day.

Eastern Railway sources said even before the bandh began its supporters blockaded tracks at a number of places in Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol and Malda divisions, disrupting traffic.

Bandh supporters came in a procession to Barasat station and forced the staff to close the booking office and damaged railway property, the sources said.

25 down trains, including Howrah and Sealdah Rajdhani Express, Kalka Mail and Bagh Express were stranded during the bandh, the sources said, adding four trains were short-terminated at various stations.

While 16 trains have been rescheduled, 20 have been cancelled, they said. Normal life was disrupted in several parts of the country during the 'Bharat Bandh' called by a combined Opposition in protest against fuel price hike with the greatest impact felt in NDA and Left-ruled states and Maharashtra.