Due to the ongoing protests over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) at railway stations in West Bengal, a section of train services from south India to the state has been disrupted.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, cleared by the two Houses of Parliament and signed by the President, is now known as the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 or CAA. The agitations over the implementation of CAA, which has been brewing in parts of the country, had turned intense in West Bengal and parts of North Eastern states. The disruption of train services is because of the agitations at Sankrail, Maurigram, Bankra Nayabaj and Nalpur stations in Howrah-Kharagpur railway section of South Eastern Railway.
The Railway authorities have fully cancelled the Howrah-Ernakulam Antyodaya Express (22877) that was scheduled to leave on Saturday from Howrah in West Bengal to reach Ernakulam Junction railway station. The scheduled service of Ernakulam Junctionâ€“Howrah Antyodaya Express (22878) on Tuesday, from Ernakulam to Howrah, also remains fully cancelled.
Thiruvananthapuram Central - Shalimar SF Express (22641) that left Thiruvananthapuram Central on Saturday evening has been short terminated at Ernakulam Junction railway station. The trainâ€™s further service till Shalimar in West Bengal has been cancelled.
The other trains fully cancelled from Howrah are:
- Howrah -Tirupati Humsafar Express (20889)
- Howrah-Chennai Coromandal Express (12841)
- Howrah-Yesvantpur Duronto Express (12245)
- Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express (18645)
- Howrah-Pune Duronto Express (12847)
- Howrah-Mumbai CSMT Gitanjali Express (2860)
The authorities have also partially cancelled the service of Kanniyakumari - Howrah Super Fast Express (12666). The train, which left Kanniyakumari on Saturday morning, will be short terminated at Chennai Egmore railway station. The train service stands partially cancelled between Egmore and Howrah.
The three trains from Puri in Odisha to West Bengal have also been fully cancelled due to cancellation of connecting trains. The trains that have been fully cancelled are: Puri-Digha Express (22890), Puri-Santragachhi Passenger (58002) and Puri-Khurda Passenger (58404).
Trains Puri-Howrah-Puri Shatabdi Express (12278/12277) and Bhubaneswar-Howrah-Bhubaneswar Jan Shatabdi Express (12074/12073) have been partially cancelled (that is, will not complete its full journey).