11 October 2018
Bhubaneswar: Railway property in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh sustained consequential damages in the aftermath of the severe cyclone Titli which made a landfall at Palasa in the wee hours of Thursday.
Station buildings especially at the Palasa station have been damaged. Besides, platform shelters, foot-over bridge covers, signaling poles, overhead electric masts are damaged in places between Palasa and Kottabomali stations.
Electricity feed to overhead lines are not holding at various place between Berhampur and Kottabomali. This apart a number of trees have uprooted and fallen on tracks.
The East Coast Railway authorities have dispatched track specialists, bridge engineers, overhead electricity engineers to conduct a detailed study of impact of cyclone Titli between Brahmapur-Palasa and Palasa-Kottabomali, a press note released by ECoR read.
The East Coast Railway have diverted, rescheduled and cancelled a number of trains to accommodate the restoration and repairs at the earliest.
Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam-Bhubaneswar Inter City Express from both the directions on October 11. Visakhapatnam-Digha Express from Visakhapatnam on October 11. Yesvantpur-Howrah Express from Yesvantpur on October 10. Bangalore Cant.-Guwahati Express from Bangalore Cant on October 10. Yesvantpur-Muzafarpur Express from Yesvantpur on October 10. Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express from Howrah on October 11.
Howrah-Secunderabad Falaknuma Express from Howrah on October 11 will run via Kharagpur-Tata-Bilaspur-Nagpur-Kazipet.
Kharagpur-Villupuram Express from Kharagpur on October 11 will leave at 6:05 pm instead of 2:05 pm. Hyderabad-Howrah East Coast Express from Hyderabad on October 11 will leave at 12 noon instead of 9:50 am.
Train services will be reviewed on Thursday and decision will be taken basing on the ground situation. “The teams could enter the affected areas at about 10 am as strong winds and heavy rains obstructed their movement. A decision on running of trains will be announced by the evening on the basis of their assessment,” the ECoR said.