The rain may have stopped, but the plights of the daily passengers still continued on Wednesday. The heavy rainfall inundated the road and the rain tracks. Many trains were delayed on Wednesday. The infuriated passengers lodged protests.
The South-Eastern Railway informed that due to the waterlogging at Howrah Yard and Tikiapara area, many trains started from Santragachi, instead of Howrah. The trains that converted to Santragachi, were Howrah-Puri Jagannath Express, Jagdalpur Express, Hatia Kriya Express, Puri express, Adra express and many more.
But the starting point of some of the express trains remained same. Those were Yesvantpur-Howrah Express, Secunderabad-Howrah-Faluknama Express, Puri-Howrah Dhauli Express set off from Howrah station.
The passengers, who descended at Satragachi sation, faced a huge waterlogging problem outside the station. “The roads, alongside the Satragachi station were entirely waterlogged. I was completely stuck at the station. A car from my office had rescued me from there,” said Satarupa Roy, a private sector employee.
A Bangladeshi family, who had gone to South India for treatment, faced a lot of problem after descending at the Howrah station. They did not know which train they needed to take to reach Burdwan. The co-passengers then assisted them to get the right train.
Large parts of Howrah, got inundated after the continuous rainfall. Normal life was thrown out of gear as nearly 25 wards of the Howrah Municipal Corporation got affected by the heavy showers.
Judging the situation, the South-Eastern Railways decided that all Howrah-bound trains will be stopped at Santragachi station till the situation improved. All the Up mail and express trains will also start from Santragachi instead of Howrah.
The trains that started from Santragachi left 30 minutes after the scheduled departure time. The main or express train service between Howrah and Satragachi has been stopped due to operational constraints. “The waterlogging between Howrah and Tikiapara is the only concern,” said a railway source.
In the Sealdah Division, there was some waterlogging at Sealdah South station’s platform 10 area and some waterlogging at the Chitpur yard area as well. Train services in Sealdah South Section were almost normal, though there was some late running of EMU services.
However, the Alipur MeT department has confirmed that the deep depression which was on the Bengal sky has moved towards the Bangladesh so there is now little chance to rain.