पुरुलिया Purulia (PRR): Train services were disrupted for over six hours on the Tatanagar-Chakradharpur-Adra section of South Eastern Railway, following the derailment of a goods train near Purulia in West Bengal on Tuesday morning.
Movement of several trains including Purulia-Jhargram Birsa Munda Express, Asansol-Tata Passenger, and Dibrugarh-Chennai Express, which travels through the Tatanagar railway station was witnessed a hit.
According to railway sources, engine of a goods train carrying iron ore derailed at around 10.40 am near the Purulia railway station. Both down and up lines were affected by the derailment.
The Asansol-Tata Passenger which was scheduled to arrive at the Tatanagar railway station at 1.30 pm was running four hours late, while the Birsa Munda Express was also running two hours behind its schedule time.
The scheduled arrival of the train at Tatanagar is 4.25 pm. The Dibrugarh-Chennai Express was also running two hours late.
Sources informed that railway officials and engineers were rushed to the spot soon after the derailment. “The team is at the spot and work is still in progress. Normal train services are expected to be restored in the (Tuesday) evening,” said the spokesperson.
Station Manager of Tatanagar station Awtar Singh said that movement of the Delhi-bound Purushottam Express was also affected due to the derailment. The train got delayed by about an hour along with other trains.
The Tatanagar station assumes importance in view because it is located on the Howrah-Mumbai main route. Several important trains travel via Tatanagar, including the high-profile Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express. The station sees a daily traffic of 90 mail, express and passenger trains, besides a footfall of more than 60,000 passengers.