No night movement of trains in Maoist-hit areas till Friday

August 3rd, 2010 - 9:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Aug 3 (IANS) The restrictions on the movement of passengers trains during night in Maoist-affected areas of Orissa and West Bengal will continue till Aug 6, the East Coast Railway said here Tuesday.
“In view of security reasons, running of the passenger trains on Kharagpur-Rourkela and Kharagpur-Adra section will continue to remain suspended up to August 6 during the night hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m,” the railway said in a statement.

Accordingly, some train services have been diverted, re-scheduled and regulated, it said. The Puri-Haridwar-Puri Utkal Express will continue to run via Jharsuguda-Sambalpur-Cuttack and vice versa instead of Jharsuguda-Tata-Kharagpur-Cuttack, it said.

Similarly, the Howrah-Koraput-Howrah Express will run via Howrah-Kharagpur-Bhadrak-Angul-Sambalpur and vice versa instead of Howrah-Kharagpur-Tata-Jharsuguda-Sambalpur.

Puri-Darbhanga Express on Thursday will be rescheduled to leave Puri at 10 p.m. instead of 2.05 p.m. Similarly, the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Orissa Sampark Kranti Express Wednesday will be re-scheduled to leave Bhubaneswar at 10 p.m instead of 3.40 p.m., it said.

The railways have been restricting the movement of passenger trains during the night on the Maoist-affected route due to security reasons following the May 28 Gyaneshwari Express disaster in West Bengal in which 148 people were killed.

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