Bhubaneswar: The railway station of Bhubaneswar through which hundreds of goods and passenger trains pass day in and day out, has suffered extensive damages because of cyclone Fani which hit Odisha on Friday.
OMMCOM NEWS Correspondent Snigdha Chandan Das spoke to Bhubaneswar Railway Station Director Chittaranjan Nayak about the trail of destruction that Fani left on railway infrastructure.
“35 percent of tin roofing over Platform No 1 have flapped off. The roof of platform 2,3 and 4 have also been partially damaged.”
The railway lines have been blocked and damaged by by uprooted trees at multiple locations. A large number of trees which ripped from the ground are lying scattered on the station premises.
“A tree has snapped the overhead eletric line at one location in the station. We are attending it on priroty. The overhead line is expected to be restored by Sunday afternoon,” he said.
“Most of the trains standing in the station were dragged to the depot which minimised damaged. We had opened the window panes of the trains due to which it remained intact on the tracks (not affected by the winds),” he said.
The station also witnessed a long queue of passengers querying about the status of train operations. As per latest information, three special trains will be leaving from Bhubaneswar shortly. “The East Coast Railway is mooting to run diesel engines for immediate assistance of the passengers who are stranded at home and the station,” the Station Director informed.