Transport services remain unhindered


first_imgKolkata: The 48-hour bandh had no impact on the transport system in Kolkata and its adjacent areas. In some places, the bandh supporters tried to obstruct Metro, Rail and bus services by means of vandalism and creating panic which had minor effect on the transport services.On Tuesday at around 3 pm, a few bandh supporters belonging to the Congress party entered the Maidan Metro station posing as passengers. After reaching the platform, some of them boarded the motor man’s cabin of a Dum Dum-bound Metro. Immediately, the RPF intervened and dispersed them. Also, agitators ransacked a bus in Harinavi and tried to set one on fire at Sovabazar. But daily commuters had no problem as the Transport department had arranged for 500 more buses to ply across the city. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe train services were also affected slightly on Tuesday. Around 5:10 am, bandh supporters threw banana leaves on the overhead electric wire between Sodepur and Agarpara stations. Also, a blockade was put up at Kalyani-Kanchrapara section. In the Barasat-Bongaon section, train movements were obstructed at Machlandapur since 5:45 am. Bandh supporters obstructed the train services in Hotor-Magrahat-Diamond Harbour section since 9:10 am. Another blockade was put up in the Bongaon section at around 9:30 am. In the Howrah division of the ER, obstructions were made by bandh supporters at Bainchi, Mankundu and Magra on the Howrah Bardhaman main line section. Later RPF personnel dispersed the mob and normal movement started within an hour. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The train service in SER was partially affected ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours on Tuesday morning due to blockade put up by bandh supporters. Agitations were staged at Belda, Dantan, Jaleswar, Rupsa, Balasore, Uluberia, Midnapore, Chengail stations. As a result, 4 mail/express trains, 2 passenger trains and 4 EMU locals in Up direction were detained and controlled at various stations. Similarly, 4 mail/express trains, 2 passenger trains and 3 EMU locals in the Down direction were detained and controlled also. Apart from that, 6 Up and 6 Down EMU locals and 1 passenger train were cancelled.last_img