As cold wave with dense fog continued to lash North India, trains remained disrupted and passengers were left hassled on the Ludhiana railway station on Friday.
Saryu Yamuna Express, also known as Shaheed Express, was delayed by 15 hours, Amarpali Express was delayed by eight hours, Malwa Express was delayed by more than six hours, Shan-e-Punjab Express was delayed by more than three hours. New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi also reached two hours late at the railway station.
The platforms of the railway station seemed packed to its capacity with passengers waiting out in the cold for their trains. Most of the long-route trains were delayed by about 10 hours, due to which passengers were left stranded, shivering in cold, on the platforms.
Though the Ludhiana railway station has opened a local landline number 0161-2445045 to provide real-time information of the trains running late due to foggy weather, but as most of the people are not aware of the number, they came on time to platform and had to wait for long hours.
Special ticket-checking drive held
A special ticket-checking drive was conducted at the Ludhiana railway station. Travelling ticket examiners (TTE) were deployed on the moving trains and also on the main points of the platform to check the passengers who were without ticket or the passengers with improper ticket.
Chief inspector tickets (CIT) at the railway station, Pravesh Chander said, "This drive was conducted to curb the menace of travelling without tickets or with improper tickets, as it causes a huge lose to the railways." Drive continued till the evening.
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Ludhiana railway station has opened a local landline number 0161-2445045 to provide real-time information on the trains running late due to foggy weather.
Saryu Yamuna Express 15 hours
Amarpali Express 8 hours
Malwa Express 6 hours
Shan-e-Punjab Express 3 hours
New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi 2 hours