Odishatv Bureau

Rayagada: After three days of flooding conditions due to heavy rains in Rayagada and nearby districts leading to damage of railway bridge between Therubali and Singapur Road and consequent disruption in railway services, the train traffic between Rayagada and Therubali has been restored with some restrictions today.

Trains have been directed to follow strict rules while running on bridge no- 588 between Therubali and Singapur Road which was badly affected due to heavy flow of flood water in the Nagavali River. Officials have been asked to restrict speed limit to 10km per hour over the repaired bridge.

One bridge is lying damaged and the other one has just been made fit enough to run with highly restricted speed.

East Coast General Manager Umesh Singh who camped at the repair site reviewed resumption of train services after the first engine trial on the repaired bridge.

Normal train traffic has not been commenced due to a number of trains being cancelled or diverted to avoid undue pressure on the traffic and pose danger to the under-construction bridges. Only some important trains will resume service.

As many as 11 trains including Rourkela – Koraput, Sambalpur – Nanded, Durg-Visakhapatnam, Sambalpur - Koraput, Bilaspur - Tirupati express were cancelled while six trains including Sambalpur-Rayagada, Howrah-Jagadalpur Samaleswari Express were diverted on July 16, following heavy rains and flood.

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