Odisha Train Accident: Vande Bharat Chugs Past Restored Tracks At Bahanaga Station
Bhubaneswar: Howrah-Puri Vande Bharat Express crossed Bahanaga Bazar Station in Odisha’s Balasore district on restored tracks around 9.30 am on Monday.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw was present at the accident site and waved to the drivers when the Odisha’s first semi-high speed train passed through, the officials said.
Indian Railways has started running trains on the tracks affected by June 2 train accident in Odisha’s Balasore, involving Chennai Coromandel Express and Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express which left 275 dead and over 1,000 people injured. The restoration work of both the up line and down line tracks was completed on Sunday night. A coal-laden goods train from Vizag port to Rourkela Steel Plant departed at approximately 10:40 pm.
Trains are passing through accident site at slow speed, the officials added.
Odisha is also providing free bus services to the people who want to travel to Kolkata in view of the disruption of rail services due to Bahanaga train mishap. A total of 20 buses from Puri, 23 buses from Bhubaneswar and 16 buses from Cuttack left for Kolkata as of 11.30 pm on June 4.