Train, bus services between Malda, other NB districts suspended owing to flood

MALDA
16 Aug 2017

Train services between Malda and other parts of North Bengal and Northeast India continues to be paralyzed following grim flood situation. Road-services between Malda and other parts of North Bengal are almost collapsed too. However, considering the gravity of the situation the railways ran a single train from Dalkhola station in North Dinajpur to Guwahati via Krishnapur station in Bihar today.
Mohit Sinha, divisional railway manager of Malda railway division under the eastern railway said, “Resumption of railway services between Malda and Siliguri still reels under uncertainty. A train started from Dalkhola station in North Dinajpur at a very slow speed for Guwahati. Railway officials are working on war footing to resume the train services.”
It has been learnt from railway officials that a rail-bridge near Mania station collapsed. Therefore, the train services between Malda and Katihar in Bihar had to be discontinued. Down Haate Bazaare express had to return from Kuretha station.
“Rail-tracks are flooded in many areas. Running trains would be quite risky. A bridge has been badly damaged. It may take a week to repair the bride. At some areas the soil under the train-tracks has been so softened that trains cannot run. All measures have been adopted to repair the damaged bridges and rail-tracks. But we cannot ascertain when the situation would be normalized,” a senior railway official said.
Many passengers intending to go to Meghalaya and other northeast states are going back to Kolkata to avail flight services. But they alleged that taking opportunity of the situation some private flight companies had hiked the fare exorbitantly.
Meanwhile, bus services were disrupted even between Malda and Raiganj in North Dinajpur following damaged road conditions. An official of North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) conceded that it was not being possible for them to run buses regularly between Malda-Siliguri and Malda-Raiganj. (EOIC)