Two trains bound for Hyderabad and Secunderabad respectively will be short-terminated at Vijaywada due to the two-day-long rail roko agitation announced by members of the Telengana Joint Action Committee on September 24 and 25, according to South-Eastern Railway authorities.

A statement released by the South-Eastern Railway authorities on Friday stated that the Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express and the Howrah-Secunderabad Falaknuma Express leaving Howrah on September 23 and 24 will short-terminate at Vijaywada.

On the return journey, the East Coast Express will originate from Vijaywada instead of Hyderabad and the Falaknuma Express from Guntur instead of Secunderabad, the statement added.

New trains

Meanwhile, Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi said here on Friday that the Railways will run 19 new trains from Howrah and Asansol stations in West Bengal ahead of the Durga Puja festival to ease the festival rush.

Following a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the State Secretariat here, Mr. Trivedi said that the Railway have decided to run 19 new trains – 15 EMU trains and four express trains – before the Durga Puja festival.

Out of the 19 trains, two will originate from Asansol and the rest from Howrah.

Ms. Banerjee urged Mr. Trivedi to start running the trains as early as possible ahead of the festive season for the convenience of festival-time passengers.