Train passengers facing harrowing time due to cancellations

GUWAHATI, Aug 2 – Scores of train passengers across Assam had a harrowing time after a number of trains were cancelled, rescheduled, or short terminated for the second consecutive day by the NF Railway. The movement of around 20 trains has been affected today.

People were stranded in many stations, including hubs like Guwahati. Hapless passengers from various stations have complained about the inadequate facilities provided to them. The NFR has also been criticized for being slow in dispensing train status information to those awaiting travel.

Sources in NFR said that the trains were affected by the removal of rail track by miscreants near Kokrajhar and due to serious security concerns. With intelligence inputs suggesting possibility of more subversive acts by extremist elements, the NFR is unwilling to take any risk.

Although the running of trains was affected for the second day, NFR officials are tightlipped on when normal resumption of services will take place. “It might take a few more days before the normal schedule is restored in all the sections,” said an NFR official. The NFR has recently been informed about threats to its assets and recent incidents like the one near Kokrajhar and the bomb blast near Ghograpar have reinforced such fears.

In a press note, the NFR informed that apart from the cancellation and rescheduling, all MG passenger train services in Rangiya Division have been cancelled with immediate effect.