Muri Express derailment in UP throws Rail Traffic out of gear on ECOR

Bhubaneswar (BBS): The derailment of Rourkela-Muri-Jammu-Tawi Express in Uttar Pradesh on Monday has thrown train traffic into chaos along the Delhi-Howrah route causing serious inconvenience to people travelling from the national capital region to the State.

While a number of trains was detained at Kanpur since Monday afternoon, several were pushed behind the schedule on Tuesday.

The Railway authorities cancelled the Bhubaneswar-bound Purushottam Express for the day as a result of which the train, which was scheduled to origin from Puri on the return direction on Wednesday, has also been cancelled.

The New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express, which was scheduled to leave the national capital this evening, was running 13 hours late leaving passengers in a tizzy.

For those travelling in Puri-bound Nandankanan Express, it has been an unending ordeal. The train left New Delhi at 6.25 am on Monday and was detained at Khaga, a few kms from the derailment site between Sirathu and Athsari railway stations in the Allahabad-Kanpur sector.

After a detention of three hours, it was sent back to Kanpur Central Station where it was stationed till Tuesday mid-night though the train was to be diverted through a different route. “The train was supposed to reach Bhubaneswar at 10.30 am on Tuesday but is expected to arrive only by 8 am the next day,” said Sattwik Biswal, a passenger.

The East Coast Railway authorities also rescheduled the timings of Nandankanan Express and Duronto Express departing from Odisha. The New Delhi-bound Duronto Express will leave at 4 pm on Wednesday.

“Since the Delhi-Howrah route is one of the busiest, the derailment has caused serious snarl and trains have been diverted,” said an official.

On an average, half a dozen trains daily head to New Delhi from Odisha along the route which also connects Kolkata, East as well as North East regions