Speed restriction on trains lifted Bengal, Bihar

The speed restriction on movement of passenger trains in North Bengal and Bihar was put in place after yesterday`s strong quake in Sikkim.

Updated: Sep 19, 2011, 20:56 PM IST

New Delhi: The speed restriction on movement
of passenger trains in North Bengal and Bihar, which was put
in place after yesterday`s strong quake in Sikkim, has been
lifted on Monday afternoon except on a few bridges.

"The speed restrictions have been withdrawn except on
three bridges," said a spokesperson of the North East Frontier
Railway, adding, trains are now running normally.

One of the bridges in Katihar division on which the speed
restriction is still in force, has developed some minor cracks
on the pillars and repair works are currently underway.

Railways had imposed a speed restriction of 30-40 km per
hour on movement of passenger trains after the quake as a
precautionary measure.

Reports suggest that train movement had come to a halt for
a few moments immediately after the 6.8 magnitude quake
rattled several areas in the eastern part of the country last
evening.

The death toll has crossed 60 including 39 in Sikkim
alone.

PTI