Train services remained disrupted for over six hours on Sunday owing to a traffic-cum-power block on both up and down lines between Kantadih and Urma stations on Chandil-Adra section under Adra division of South Eastern Railway.
The traffic block began at 10.10am and continued till 4.10pm to facilitate the launch of a low-height subway,which replaced an unmanned level crossing, around 100km from the steel city.
Both Tatanagar-Asansol MEMU Passenger and Asansol-Tatanagar MEMU Passenger were short-terminated at Barabhum railway station and Purulia, respectively.
The Tatanagar-Dhanbad Subernarekha Express and Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Express were also rescheduled on Sunday.
While Tatanagar-Dhanbad Subernarekha Express left the originating station at 3pm instead of 1.20pm, Jammu Tawi Express left Tatanagar station at 4.50pm, two hours behind schedule.
The Tatanagar-Hatia Passenger ran on a diverted route via Chandil and Muri instead of Chandil, Purulia, Kotshila and Muri.
Movement of several trains were affected including Danapur-Tatanagar Express, which got detained for 40 minutes between Asansol and Purulia railway stations due to the traffic block.
“The traffic-cum-power block took place to facilitate the construction of a low-height subway. It affected movement of trains for about six hours. Train services got restored once the work got over around 4.15pm,” said a spokesperson of Chakradharpur railway division.
Passengers were equally inconvenienced.
“I came to know about the rescheduling of Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Express only after reaching the railway station along with my wife and children. We had no option but to wait at the station for over two hours,” said Gurucharan Singh, a businessman and resident of Mango.
Railway sources said that a similar traffic-cum-power block had taken place on Adra railway section in January 2017.