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Landslide halts Toy Train in Darjeeling, It will take few Days more to resume

DARJEELING: NH-55, which was blocked at Merry Villa following Monday's landslide, was opened for traffic on Tuesday. But, it will take a few more days to resume toy train services. Four joy rides between Darjeeling and Ghoom had to be cancelled on Tuesday. The ride from Kurseong on diesel engine ran only till Ghoom but there is uncertainty over the services in the coming days. "We had to stop the service because debris have blocked the track at Merry Villa. It might take at least two days before we can resume normal service," said S Sekhar, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway assistant engineer. According to sources, the road will be cleared first and then work on the tracks will begin. GTA employees, policemen and highway officials worked together through the night and managed to clear a portion of the road. "We are working since 1.10 in the morning and have managed to clear 3.5 metre of the road. It will take another couple of days to clear the road completely," said Santosh Tamang, NH 55 assistant engineer.

At present, all vehicles are waiting in a single file to enter and leave Darjeeling town. "Boulders are still blocking most of the road space. We also need to hack some trees that are hanging precariously on the road," said Tamang. Five excavators and one rock-cutter have been pressed into service. The GTA has provided two JVCs. Meanwhile, the Border Road Organization has managed to clear NH 10 that leads to Sikkim and Kalimpong from Siliguri at Sethijhora.
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