Jamshedpur: The 12- hour bandh called by the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha for restarting of train services during night hours in the Kharagpur-Tatanagar-Rourkela route, which was stopped in the wake of the Jnaneswari Express derailment, had a tremendous impact in the state. The Express derailment occurred on 28 May 2010 in West Midnapore district.

Goods trains didn’t run in Kolhan from the wee hours till 4:30 PM on Sunday which resulted in a loss of approximately Rs 2 crore to the Railways. 55 goods trains, which used to run in the first shift, remained nonfunctional. Five trains carrying iron-ore in Tatanagar were stalled. The effect of economic blockade due to the was visible in the 14 stations of Kolhan.

In the meantime, the Kharagpur - Chakradharpur passengers trains in Rajkharsawan also got affected due to the bandh. However, after an hour of discussion with the protestors, who had blocked the track, the train service was resumed.

Consequently, the Ahmedabad Express and Tata-Goa passenger trains were halted in the Tatanagar railway station.

After talks between the district administration of Tatanagar, railway official and JVM party workers, the blockade was called off one and a half hours earlier than the scheduled time.

The officials of the Railways have assured that something substantial would be decided in the next high-level meeting going to be held in New Delhi. The meeting is likely to be attended by the Chief Misters of Orissa, West Bengal and Jharkhand along with officials from Railway department.

However, Abhay Singh, Secretary of JVM central committee, has cleared that if the matter still remains undecided for the next 20 days, they would launch a 72-hour blockade.

(JPN/ Bureau)