WB: Blockade disrupts chord line traffic
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Last Updated: Monday, February 20, 2012, 20:32
  
Kolkata: Train services on the Eastern Railway's busy Howrah-Burdwan chord line remained disrupted for more than eight hours on Monday when a group of passengers blockaded the tracks at Baruipra protesting against the extension of a local train to Gurap further up.

The extension of the 36011-Up/36012-Dn Baruipara local upto Gurap was announced by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a function at the Howrah station yesterday in presence of Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi.

Eastern Railway sources said the blockade began at 7.47 a.m. and continued till 4.25 pm.

West Bengal Agriculture Minister and Singur MLA Rabindranath Bhattacharya and Eastern Railway's Suburban Railway Manager Maonranjan Biswas held talks with the agitators and requested them to withdraw the blockade.

During the talks, Biswas assured that two coaches of the 12-coach EMU rake would be brought reserved for Baruipara passengers.

The blockade was withdrawn after the police arrived at the spot and used lathis to disperse the mob in the afternoon.

Nobody was injured in the lathicharge, but two persons were arrested, the police said.

According to railway sources, the decision to extend the Bauipara to Gurap was in keeping with the demand of a large number of passengers from that area.

''Eastern Railway administration had long discussion with the people as well as Passengers? Associations on this. Notification and advertisements regarding extension of this train were issued by the railway well in advance,'' he said.

PTI


First Published: Monday, February 20, 2012, 20:32


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