Gujjar agitation, foggy weather in North affects rail services
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 21:09
New Delhi: The ongoing Gujjar agitation over the reservation issue and the foggy weather conditions in North India have affected movement of more than 500 trains during the last one week, causing widespread inconvenience to passengers.

While 161 trains have been cancelled due to the combined effect, 280 trains were diverted through alternative routes during this period and some even reported running late by over 50 hours, a Railway Ministry official said.

Though the loss is yet to be quantified, it could run into crores, he said.

While the relative absence of fog on Tuesday improved the schedules marginally, Northern Railway had to still reschedule the departure timings of about 20 trains as over 40 trains arrived here several hours behind schedule.

On Monday, more than 80 trains had arrived here

During the day, nine trains were also cancelled, a Northern Railway spokesperson said.

The Gujjar agitation saw Bandra-Nizamuddin Garib Rath running late by over 52 hours, while August Kranti Rajdhani express and Mumbai Rajdhani were also reported to be running late by 32 hours and 17 hours respectively.

The foggy weather conditions over parts of North India also led to the late running of trains from Orissa, West Bengal, Assam and Bihar.

The Railways have also brought into force a change in the signalling system in North Central Railway between Delhi and Kanpur as an extra precautionary step to control train movement during poor visibility, the official said.


First Published: Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 21:09

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