Howrah: After five hours of railway blockade the train services in the Howrah section resumed on Friday. Train services at South Eastern Railway (SER) were disrupted for hours following a blockade on the railway track at Tikiapara by the passengers of Howrah-Amta local.
Reportedly, the passengers put up tree trunks and blocked the railway track at about 7 pm demanding prompt and regular service on Howrah-Amta section, which continued beyond 10.30 pm affecting both the outgoing and incoming trains to and from Howrah station.
On Friday evening, in between Santragachi and Maurigram a point was damaged. A train from Howrah was rescheduled to leave from Tikiyapara station for Amta.Passengers rushed to Tikiapara station after the announcement but even after the announcement train didn’t arrive for a long time, angry passengers put up a blockade. The agitating passengers, however, said that despite their long-pending demands for prompt and regular train service on Howrah-Amta section, the railway authority failed to take any action. So they were bound to take such step to put up a blockade using tree trunks.
The blockade affected the movement of other trains, as a result train services were disrupted in the up and down section of the South-East Railway till 9pm. The passengers of different areas, including Uluberia, Bagnan, Mecheda, Panshkura, Kharagpur faced ordeal due to the blockade.