Bhubaneswar: East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Thursday cancelled at least six trains and suspended services between Khurda Road in Odisha and Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh following the damage suffered by several stations and railway tracks due to cyclone Titli.
According to reports, cyclone Titli made the landfall at Palasa early today morning causing extensive damages to station buildings, rest sheds and foot overbridge at Palasa Railway Station.
Several signalling poles and over-head electric masts have been damaged at some places between Palasa and Kottabomali stations, while a number of fallen trees have also blocked the tracks at various places, sources in the ECoR said.
Railway teams, including track specialists, bridge engineers, and over-head electricity engineers, have left for the spot for assessment of damage caused by cyclone Titli between Brahmapur-Palasa and Palasa-Kottabomali routes.
Taking note of the situation, the ECoR has also cancelled, rescheduled and diverted several trains passing through the State until further directives.
Following trains have been cancelled as per ECoR decision:
- 22819/22820 Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam-Bhubaneswar InterCity Express from both the directions on 11.10.2018.
- 22874 Visakhapatnam-Digha Express from Visakhapatnam on 11.10.2018.
- 12864 Yesvantpur-Howrah Express from Yesvantpur on 10.10.2018.
- 12509 Bangalore Cant.-Guwahati Express from Bangalore Cant on 10.10.2018.
- 15227 Yesvantpur-Muzafarpur Express from Yesvantpur on 10.10.2018.
- 18645 Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express from Howrah on 11.10.2018.
The timings of the following trains have been rescheduled:
- 22603 Kharagpur-Villupuram Express from Kharagpur on 11.10.2018 will leave at 1805hrs instead of 1405hrs.
- 18646 Hyderabad-Howrah East Coast Express from Hyderabad on 11.10.2018 will leave at 1200hrs instead of 0950hrs.
As per available information, 12703 Howrah-Secunderabad Falaknuma Express from Howrah which was earlier diverted via Kharagpur-Tata-Bilaspur-Nagpur-Kazipet, will now run on its normal path as the situation is gradually coming back to normal, ECoR sources said.