Several long distance trains are running on diverted routes

In the wake of South Eastern Railway (SER) imposing a mega block on the movement of trains between Jaleswar-Amarda Road railway station owing to the ongoing repair work of a bridge, passengers travelling long distance are facing problems as trains are running along diverted routes for the time being.

Several long distance trains including New Delhi-Puri Purushottam Superfast Express, New Delhi-Haridwar Neelachal Express, Guwhati-Chennai Egmor Express, Dibrugarh-Chennai Express, Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express, among others trains are running on diverted routes. The commuters are having a tough time since Thursday and they will have to bear the inconvenience till June 10.

“According to the notification repair work will start on Thursday morning (June 7) and will continue till the evening hours of June 10,” said Tatanagar railway station manager Ravi Chaudhary.

Now, for the next two days Utkal express will run on the diverted Jharsuguda-Sambalpur-Angul route to reach Puri. The Egmor Express will also not take the usual route via Tatanagar railway station instead it will run on Chandil-Jharsuguda-Sambalpur-Vijaynagram route. The Purushottam Express train will travel via Tatanagar but instead of reaching Kharagpur it will run on Dangoapos-Jakhapura line.

“The repair work was originally scheduled to begin on June 1 but owing to some technical reasons it got deferred,” said a railway official at the Chakradharpur railway divisional office.

“The route diversion (of the several trains) has only added to the woes of the passengers as they are already having an issue seeking berth confirmation on long distance trains during vacations,” said Saurabh Agarwal, a businessman who frequently travels on long distance trains for business purposes.

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