Vande Bharat Express cancelled for tomorrow due to late running of the connecting train

Bhubaneswar: East Coast Railway (ECoR) today cancelled both Up and Down trains (No-22895 and 22896) of the Howrah-Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express for May 22, 2023 (Monday) due to the late running of a connecting Vande Bharat rake.

“This was done to adjust the timing,” a senior railway official here informed.

Earlier in the day, Railway authorities had deployed a diesel engine to pull the Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express (train No-22896) that got stranded midway following a snap of overhead power cables.

It is pertinent to mention, Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express (No-22896) got stranded today afternoon at around 4.30 PM as the train was partially damaged and the overhead power cables snapped due to heavy wind of Nor’wester at an over-bridge near Baitarani Road in Jajpur district.

Passengers traveling in the superfast train came out of the locomotive and are safe. A large glass existing in front of the loco-pilot got damaged and the journey was disrupted for more than four hours.

“Overhead power cables have snapped leading to a delay in the journey. Similarly, a big tree fell on the train and caused damage to its front glass,” some passengers previously expressed.

The newly introduced train runs six days a week, except Thursday. It has stoppages at Kharagpur, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Keonjhar Road, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, and Khordha Road between Howrah and Puri. The train usually halts for only two minutes at these stations.

As per schedule, the train leaves Howrah at 6.10 AM and reaches Puri at 12.35 PM. In the return direction, it departs from Puri at 1.50 PM and arrives at Howrah at 8.30 PM.

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