Night trains on key Jharkhand section resume after 19 months

Ranchi, Jan 13 (IANS) Night train services on the key Tata-Kharagpur section have resumed 19 months after a horrific rail crash in Jharkhand left 148 people dead, an official said.

The Purusottam Express, the Tata-Kharagpur passenger and other trains services were resumed Thursday night. The Purusottam Express left at 12.10 a.m. and the Tata-Kharagpur train left at 12.40 a.m. from the Tatanagar station.

Night trains were halted on the Tata-Kharagpur and Rourkela-Chakradhapur sections after the Gyneshwari train accident in May 2010.

Night train services on the Rourkela-Chakradhapur section were resumed on December 20, 2011.

The resumption of night train services has brought relief for the passengers.

‘We had to face difficulties. The passengers had to wait the whole night at Tatanagar station. Now we are feeling relieved,’ said Santosh Kumar, a passenger.

The night train services were to resume from December 13 last year, but this was put on hold due to security reasons.

Political parties like BJP and others on many occasions had disrupted train services to demand the resumption of night services.