By A Newsman
Silchar, 15 November: TRAIN services on the Guwahati-Silchar route has come to a grinding halt since 08 am today morning due to an indefinite rail blockade by North Cachar Hill Indigenous Students Forum at Harangajao station and elsewhere in Dima Hasao district.
The student body has resorted to the blockade after the authorities failed to meet their demand for compensation towards land that were acquired in Dima Hasao district for the Silchar-Lumding broad gauge rail line and the Saurashtra-Silchar four lane highway.
As a result of the blockade as many as four long distance trains plying between Silchar and Guwahati / Sealdah; Agartala and Sealdah have been short-terminated after being stranded en route for several hours.
Furthermore, the journey is uncertain as regards the Silchar-Guwahati Fast BG Passenger and the Silchar-Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express that are scheduled to depart from Silchar at 07 am and 10.30 am tomorrow, respectively.
The following trains had got stranded en route due to the blockade:
- 55616 Guwahati – Silchar passenger train which left Guwahati last night and arrived at New Haflong station at 11.08 am today has been short terminated and will remain cancelled between New Haflong and Silchar. The train will return to Guwahati as passenger special.
- 55616 up Silchar – Guwahati passenger which arrived at Badarpur at 08.35 am today has been short terminated and will remain cancelled between Badarpur and Guwahati. The train will return to Silchar as passenger special.
- 15660 dn Agartala – Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express which arrived at Badarpur at 02.55 pm has been short terminated at Badarpur and will return to Agartala. The train has been cancelled between Badarpur and Sealdah.
- 25657 up Sealdah – Silchar Kanchanjungha Express which arrived at Lumding at 08.58 am has been short terminated at Lumding. The train will return to Guwahati as passenger special.