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TMC rally: Mamata Banerjee says rail services curtailed

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Jul 22, 2019, 6:16 am IST
Updated : Jul 22, 2019, 6:16 am IST

An Eastern Railway official said several special trains were being operated in the Sealdah and Howrah divisions.

Chief minister and Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee greets supporters on Martyrs’ Day programme at Esplanade on Sunday. (Photo: Asian Age)
 Chief minister and Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee greets supporters on Martyrs’ Day programme at Esplanade on Sunday. (Photo: Asian Age)

Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday claimed rail services were curtailed to stop people from attending her rally, even as the Railways maintained that it was running a number of special trains in addition to the ones scheduled for the day.

Speaking at the annual Martyrs’ Day rally here, she asserted that “nothing, however, could prevent her supporters from attending the programme”.

 

“The Railways has curtailed services to stop people from attending the rally. We do not have enough resources to hire a rake... Several people were thwarted from coming to the city today. Nothing, however, prevented my supporters from joining the programme," she said.

The TMC supremo had also on Saturday accused the  Central government of trying to foil the rally by operating only 30 per cent of the trains usually run on Sundays.

“I have heard that the railways will not operate the usual number of trains tomorrow at the behest of the BJP. I have information that they will run only 30 per cent of the trains usually run on Sundays. This is not right,” Ms Banerjee had said.

 

However, the Kolkata-headquartered Eastern and South Eastern Railway, which operate train services in West Bengal, said they were providing additional services, anticipating the rush of passengers.

An Eastern Railway official said several special trains were being operated in the Sealdah and Howrah divisions.

“In Sealdah division, eight special trains and a pair of Sunday-exempted train were scheduled for the day, in addition to the extension of a Sealdah-Sonarpur local up to Diamond Harbour," he said.

In Howrah division, 11 special trains were plying in different sections and four Sunday-exempted trains have been put into service, he said.

 

“Moreover, two nine-coach EMU trains have been kept ready at Sealdah main and central to respond to any exigencies,” the official said.

The Eastern Railway has also made arrangements for an additional general second-class coach in four express trains bound for North Bengal, the official said.

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