Pas­sen­gers hit hard as trains keep run­ning late

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

Poor punc­tu­al­ity of trains in most re­gions of the coun­try, with sev­eral mail and ex­press trains run­ning late by over 12 hours de­spite there be­ing no fog, is caus­ing mas­sive in­con­ve­nience to pas­sen­gers, leav­ing them stranded, an­gry and an­guished.

Ear­lier this week, trains like Sa­harsa-Anand Vi­har Jansad­ha­ran Ex­press were run­ning late by 42 hours; See­man­chal Ex­press was run­ning late by 36 hours, Jan Nayak Ex­press was be­hind sched­ule by 29 hours, Awadh-As­sam Ex­press was 16 hours be­hind sched­ule, while Sa­heed Ex­press and Amar­nath Ex­press were run­ning late by 15 and 14 hours re­spec­tively.

Even the Hum­sa­far Ex­press, that was launched by the Min­istry of Rail­ways in 2016, has been run­ning be­hind sched­ule by over six hours in the past two weeks.

Such long de­lays have caused a l ot of anger and re­sent­ment among pas­sen­gers who had booked their tick­ets in these trains. Varun Dhody, who had booked tick­ets from Luc­know to Delhi ear­lier this month in Hum­sa­far Ex­press, was left stranded at Luc­know sta­tion for over five hours af­ter which he was forced to book a flight ticket at al­most dou­ble the cost to re­turn to Delhi. Lead­ers i n Mad­hya Pradesh Congress are pos­i­tive about the suc­cess of the party’s “Ghar Wapsi” ini­tia­tive to bring back those who had aban­doned the party af­ter its long dry spell in the state. Nonethe­less, some said that they are wait­ing for the Kar­nataka elec­tion re­sults to be out to see how the Congress per­forms there be­fore tak­ing a fi­nal de­ci­sion. Mean­while, the state lead­er­ship can re­count the new and old work­ers who have joined the party re­cently.

Di­pak Babaria, AICC in­charge of Mad­hya Pradesh, told “In Mad­hya Pradesh, the Congress has its own wave. Over 100-150 work­ers have al­ready joined Congress in the state and most of them are the peo­ple who mat­ter. We are also in the process of in­duct­ing some sit­ting MLAs. Their break away from BJP will re­sult in lead­ers aban­don­ing BJP, keep­ing in mind the huge an­ti­in­cum­bency that Bharatiya

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