Cyclone Fani: ECoR partially resumes train services

Bhubaneswar: After cyclone Fani wreaked havoc in several parts of Odisha, relief and restoration process are being carried out on a war footing. The East Coast Railway (ECOR) today partially resumed train services with running of nine special trains from Bhubaneswar today.

Official sources said special train to Ahmedabad from Bhubaneswar will run from today at 8PM.  Puri-Gandhidham Express from Puri on 07.05.2019 will originate from Sambalpur on its scheduled time instead of from Puri. Restriction of train services to and from Puri except Pur-Durg, Tapaswini, Shri Jagannath and Dhauli Express.

Several trains originating from Bhubaneswar resumed normal service from today morning. However, Bhubaneswar-Tirupati Express and Visakhapatnam Intercity Express will not resume from today due to non-availability of pairing trains.

Prashanti Express, Visakha Express, Rajdhani Express, Konark Express, Hirakhand Express from Bhubaneswar will start normally today. Bhubaneswar-Yashwantpur Express, Bhubaneswar-Anand Vihar(New Delhi) Odisha Sampark Kranti Express will also run as per the schedule, ECoR statement read.

“Bhubaneswar-Andhra Pradesh railway route has been repaired while works are underway on overhead traction lines. After receiving 33KV wires supply from the state government electric train services will resume till then special trains will run,” said Director of Bhubaneswar Railway Station, C.R Das.

Bhadrak-Bhubaneswar-Brahmapur-Bhubaneswar Passenger, Paradip-Cuttack Passenger, Palasa-Vishakapatnam Passenger, Puri-Talcher Memu, Jajpur Keonjhar Road-Kharagpur Passenger, Bhadrak-Howrah Passenger trains has been cancelled today due to non-availability of pairing trains, informed sources.

Earlier, the Railways had cancelled 159 trains keeping in mind the safety and security of train passengers in view of the cyclonic storm Fani which hit Odisha on May 3.

As per reports, due to the devastating impact of cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ the roof of the Platform – 1 of Bhubaneswar railway station has been damaged. Restoration work has been undertaken on a war footing to clear uprooted trees that has blocked the railway tracks on Vizag-Bhadrak route.

On the other hand, the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) has also suffered extensive damage in the cyclone. Passenger terminal building, Air traffic control tower, boundaries have been damaged.