Harried Shatabdi passengers reach seven hours late

October 28th, 2011 - 11:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Oct 28 (IANS) For a 250-km journey that was to take only three hours, reaching seven hours late Friday was a harrowing time for hundreds of passengers on the New Delhi-Kalka (via Chandigarh) Shatabdi Express.

Several trains, including the New Delhi-Amritsar Swarna Shatabdi and the Chandigarh- bound Shatabdi Express, were delayed by five to eight hours following the derailment of three bogies of the Kalka-Howrah mail near Narela station along the Delhi-Haryana border early Friday.

The Shatabdi Express from Delhi reached here around 6 p.m. — a good seven hours behind its scheduled arrival time of 11 a.m.

Among the nearly 1,100 passengers on board the train, were a group of about 100 foreigners bound for holidays in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.

The train arrived here after being given a delayed start from the New Delhi station and then being diverted via Rohtak to reach here.

The Swarna Shatabdi was also running several hours behind schedule along with several other trains to and from various places in Punjab, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir.

“People virtually pounced on food at the Kurukshetra and Ambala stations as the Shatabdi Express rolled in. The railways authorities did nothing to lessen their problems,” a passenger said.

“The train from Delhi arrived around 6 p.m. only. The train will now go up to Kalka, get cleaned and then come to Chandigarh for its onward journey to New Delhi. It will reach Delhi well past midnight,” a railway official here said.

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