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Sunday evening Shatabdi reaches Chandigarh on Monday; stranded for 7 hours, passengers tweet for help

Twitter was filled with angry tweets by the passengers with hashtag #KalkaShatabdi and Piyush Goyal, minister of railways and the divisional railways manager (DRM) was tagged.

punjab Updated: Oct 09, 2017 13:53 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Passengers remained stranded for over at three different places. Initially the train got stuck at Ganour for over two hours, followed by Bodhwal Majri and then Samalkha. (HT File )

The New Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi, which was scheduled to arrive at the Chandigarh railway station at 8:40 pm, on Sunday, was delayed by seven hours as a result of which it reached the station at 3:42 am on Monday.

Reason: Construction of an underpass on a stretch between Gharaunda and Babarpur in Karnal. The train had to halt at four to five places due to the ongoing work.

Initially, it got stuck at Ganaur in Sonepat for over two hours, followed by halts at Bodhwal Majri and Samalkha in Panipat district.

When the train was stopped at Samalkha, the officials of the Northern Railways had told the passengers that it would depart once the Chandigarh line was cleared around 11:30 pm. The officials also said the train would reach Chandigarh by 1pm. However, the train was again halted at Panipat from where it started at 12:50 am.

Tweets by some passengers show what a harrowing train journey they had.

One of the passengers said the train finally reached Chandigarh at 3:42 am. The construction of two subways on the Delhi-Chandigarh line led to this inordinate delay.

“One of the subways between Panipat and Diwana was completed recently, but the Gharaunda one is still in progress,” said Neeraj Sharma, chief public relations officer, Northern Railways.

Twitter was filled with angry tweets by the stranded passengers with the hashtag #KalkaShatabdi going viral. They tagged Union railways minister Piyush Goyal and the divisional railways manager (DRM) too.

One of the passengers, Jaswir Chahl, tweeted, “I have never travelled by a Shatabdi, which is delayed for over four hours. They have not even served us water.”

One of them tweeted, “Indian Railways tested the patience of the passengers. Couldn’t even sleep throughout the night.” However, there was no update from the officials. The new DRM, Ambala Division, Dinesh Kumar, said, “Some civil works are going on, which is why the train must have been delayed. The Delhi division, the Chandigarh railway station or the website would have the updates on the train.”

First Published: Oct 09, 2017 12:39 IST