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DHR service to resume today

Posted by Ramesh Khati on September 18, 2009

Siliguri, Sept. 17(The Telegraph): The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway will resume its New Jalpaiguri-Darjeeling service, though only halfway till Kurseong station, from tomorrow, after more than two months.

“We will start the NJP-Darjeeling service from tomorrow, but the train will run only till Kurseong as the track on the stretch between Kurseong and Ghoom is yet to be restored. It will take 15 more days before we can extend the service to Darjeeling,” said Subrata Nath, the DHR director.

Since July, the toy train has not been operating on the NJP-Darjeeling route as tracks had caved in because of landslides. Nath said the service from Kurseong to Darjeeling could be resumed on October 1, by which the construction of a wall beneath the tracks at Tung would be completed. Tung is 5km from Kurseong.

Nath said the DHR had incurred a loss of around Rs 5 lakh in August because of the disruption in the services.

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