Bhubaneswar: The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government has said that the ongoing partial lockdown in the State has been extended till September 20. However, with a complete shutdown in WB to be imposed on August 27, 2020, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) had to cancel several trains, partially cancel some and withdraw stoppages of a few others.
In a release, ECoR stated that due to complete Lockdown in West Bengal on August 27, train services will be affected as detailed below.
CANCELLATION OF TRAINS:
02201 Sealdah-Bhubaneswar Duronto Special leaving from Sealdah will remain cancelled on August 28 & 31, 2020.
02202 Bhubaneswar-Sealdah Duronto Special leaving from Bhubaneswar will remain cancelled on August 29 & September 1, 2020.
02074/02073 Bhubaneswar-Howrah-Bhubaneswar Jan Shatabdi Special on August 27, 2020, will remain cancelled from both Bhubaneswar and Howrah directions.
PARTIAL CANCELLATION OF TRAINS:
02704 Secunderabad-Howrah Falaknuma Special Express leaving from Secunderabad on August 26, 2020, will be terminated at Bhubaneswar and will not go up to Howrah.
02703 Howrah-Secunderabad Falaknuma Special Express will start from Bhubaneswar instead of Howrah on August 27, 2020, and will be cancelled from Howrah to Bhubaneswar on the same day.
WITHDRAWAL OF STOPPAGES:
02801 Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Special Purusottam Express leaving from Bhubaneswar and 02802 New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Special Purusottam Express leaving from New Delhi on August 26, 2020, will not have a stoppage at Purulia and Hijli from both the directions.
02823 Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Special Rajdhani Express leaving from Bhubaneswar on August 27, 2020, and 02824 New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Special Rajdhani Express leaving from New Delhi on August 26, 2020, will not have stoppages at Hijli Station from both the directions.
The ECoR has asked the concerned passengers to take note of the changes and prepare accordingly.
Notably, West Bengal government has extended its ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in the State till September 20, with complete lockdowns scheduled for September 7, 11 and 12. This might again have an impact on the movement of trains under ECoR.