Bhubaneswar: Following the observation of 48-hour bandh demanding permanent Orissa High Court bench in western Odisha, rail services have been affected Thursday.
The Central Action Committee (CAC) of All-Western Odisha Bar Association (AWOBA) observed the bandh. The agitators staged ‘rail roko’ at several railway stations, leading to cancellation, delay and diversion of many trains.
East Coast Railway (ECoR) sources said the Sambalpur-Rayagada-Sambalpur Express, Sambalpur-Puri Sambalpur Inter City Express and Bhubaneswar-Bolangir-Bhubaneswar Inter City Express have been cancelled from both the directions.
However, Sambalpur-Jharsuguda Passenger, Sambalpur-Koraput/Junagarh Road Passenger, Titlagarh-Sambalpur Passenger, Sambalpur-Jammu Tawi Express and Rourkela-Sambalpur Passenger, Bilaspur-Titlagarh Passenger via Sambalpur were partially cancelled, said a railway official.
Titlagarh-Howrah Ispat Express from Titlagarh was running up to Bargarh Road and Jagadalpur-Howrah Samaleswari Express from Jagadalpur was running up to Titlagarh on Thursday.
Howrah-Jagadalpur Hirakhand Express from Howrah ran up to Jharsuguda and returned to Howrah as Jagadalpur-Howrah Samaleswari Express from Jharsuguda. Howrah-Jagadalpur-Howrah Samaleswari Express will remain cancelled between Jharsuguda and Titlagarh from both the directions.
Rourkela-Bhubaneswar Inter City Express from Rourkela ran up to Jharsuguda. The Inter City Express will remain cancelled between Jharsuguda and Bhubaneswar from both the directions.
The Puri-Rourkela Passenger from Puri ran up to Angul and returned to Puri. Services of Rourkela-Puri Passenger will remain cancelled between Rourkela and Angul from both directions.
Yesvantpur-Hatia Express ran on diverted route from Yesvantpur via Titlagarh-Raipur-Bilaspur and Jharsuguda instead of its scheduled route.
Bhubaneswar-LTT Express ran on diverted route via Vizianagaram and Rayagada. The Ajmer-Puri Express from Ajmer ran on diverted route via Titlagarh & Vizianagaram.