Monday, February 3, 2014

horrible fifth week of 2014

the last week was horrible. it started with a rail roko on 27th Jan and ended with an EMU derailment on 1st Feb. a disastrous week in total.

when left home on the very first day of the fifth week of the year, had absolutely no idea what was in store for me! reached barrackpore railway station at 8:50 for catching the 8:48 barrackpore local to sealdah. the timing might seem a bit paradoxical; but i have an explanation and it is the regular delayed departure of barracpore local. it rarely, if ever, leave barrackpore station before 8:53. anyway, after reaching the station on the fateful day, all i could see was the heads of innumerable people. as usual, most people preferred to stand in the over bridge rather than on the platform, making movement even more difficult. received a phone call from +Prosanta Ghosal .  then only, i understood the actual reason for the chaos.

the workers of the Lumtex jute mill in Titagarh were conducting a rail roko for opposing the closure of their mill. the workers, under the guidance of the 11 trade union, were agitating for a long time and asking Government of West Bengal to intervene. finally they decided to conduct the rail roko and announced it openly. some materials could be found from this +Google search page.

i had decided to try an alternative route - crossed the river Ganges and reached Sheoraphulli. took a train to Howrah and reached my institute- All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health- just on time. but it was not the end of the ordeal. in fact, it was just the beginning! i was under the impression that the rail roko would be removed and how long could a rail roko continue? at the end of the day, almost 7 hours after reaching the institute, when i left institute, again i had absolutely no idea what was going to happen! on reaching Sealdah station, i found that the rail roko was still continuing. railway was running Sodepur passenger specials only with no definite time interval mentioned. had to return to Howrah for getting back to home. the rail roko ultimately continued for 12 hours! nobody was able to remove them from their position of agitation. they withdrew it only after the state minister agreed to seat with them.

and similarly what an end to the week. on the last day of the week (1st feb) around 6 am on the morning, Shantipur local derailed just after leaving Dumdum station. this incident again brought the local train movement to a standstill almost. 108 trains were cancelled. lack of maintenance was one the possible reasons. +The Times of India published an article on this.

overall,a horrible week; but finally it came to an end at least! ufffff!