Trains Diverted due to Heavy Floods & Breaches in Samastipur Division

Diversion of Passenger Trains due to Heavy Floods & Breaches in Samastipur Division

1)      Train No. 07091 Secunderabad – Raxaul Special Train  departed Secunderabad at 21:40 hrs on 24th October, 2017 is diverted via  Samastipur, Muzaffarpur, Sagauli and Raxaul instead of  Samastipur, Darbhanga , Sitamarhi and Raxaul stations.

2)      Train No. 07092 Raxaul – Secunderabad Special Train scheduled to depart Raxaul    at 12:45 hrs on 27th October, 2017 is diverted via Raxaul, Sagauli, Muzaffarpur and Samastipur instead of  Raxaul, Sitamarhi, Darbhanga and Samastipur Stations.

I) Trains Diverted due to traffic block

1)      Train No. 12508 Guwahati – Thiruvananthapuram Super fast Train scheduled to depart Guwahati at 06:20 hrs from 27th October to 22nd December, 2017 (Fridays)  is diverted on its scheduled days from New Farakka Jn via Azimganj, Katwa, Bandel and Howrah Stations with stoppage at Azimganj .

2)      Train No. 12510 Guwahati – Bangalore Cantt Super fast Train scheduled to depart Guwahati at 06:20 hrs from 29th October to 24th December, 2017 (Sundays)  is diverted on its scheduled days from New Farakka Jn via Azimganj, Katwa, Bandel and Howrah Stations with stoppage at Azimganj.

3)      Train No. 12516 Guwahati – Thiruvananthapuram Super fast Train scheduled to depart Guwahati at 06:20 hrs from 25th October to 20th December, 2017 (Wednesdays) is diverted on its scheduled days from New Farakka Jn via Azimganj, Katwa, Bandel and Howrah Stations with stoppage at Azimganj.

Railways maintained little impact on Goods bound for Nepal on alternative rail routes

How Indian Railways kept supply line to Nepal alive even in the face of devastating floods

KOLKATA: One of worst instances of flooding in the region — areas in Bihar and Bengal abutting Nepal — has caused unprecedented damage to the road and rail infrastructure catering to border trade.

But this had little impact on goods bound for Nepal as the Indian Railways was quick to open alternative rail routes to cater to bilateral trade and Nepal’s third-country imports through Kolkata and Vizag ports. Credit should also go to people of Bihar for allowing rail authorities to restrict passenger train services so as to make way for goods movement.

“Goods operations were closed for only three days during August 17-19,” said Vishnu Chaudhary, CEO of CONCOR-run joint venture Himalayan Terminal (HTPL) at Nepal’s Birgunj, which borders the North Bihar town of Raxaul.

Chaudhary said the key Darbhanga-Sitamari-Raxaul rail link had snapped on August 13 and restoration is taking time as the alignment of some key bridges were affected.

Railways has managed the situation by diverting traffic through Sugauli. Passenger train services on the Muzaffarpur-Raxaul route was reduced from four to two, to create a six-hour dedicated window for goods movement to Nepal.

The results are visible. In July, the terminal handled 2,250 TEU (twenty feet equivalent unit) of containerised third-country cargo. In August, in spite of the devastating flood, 2,080 TEUs were unloaded.

Supply of steel, fertiliser, cement from India also went on full steam. In July, the terminal handled 31 rakes, each loaded with 2,500 tonne of steel cargo. The traffic was 25 rakes in August.

“The operations were challenging due to limited window for rake unloading,” Chaudhary reminded.

It means his team had to unload faster than the normal average of 2.2 rakes a day, failing which the entire traffic would be chocked. HTPL ended up unloading up to five rakes a day in August.

Chaudhary expects overall Nepal trade to gain momentum in the coming months, particularly with the restoration of road connectivity. Road movement is still slow. The 30-km link between Sugauli and Raxaul needs urgent repair.

Vizag cargo rising

Meanwhile, Nepalese importers are showing increasing interest to source third-country cargo through the Vizag sea port. While cargo activity stood at 50 TEUs in June, the monthly average rose to 78 TEUs in August.

According to Chaudhary, it may increase to 180 TEUs in September as two fully-loaded rakes (with 90 TEUs each) are about to depart from Vizag.

30 lakh stranded in Central Railway trains with no info

MUMBAI: There were no announcements made to passengers who were stranded in Central Railway (CR) trains for more than 11 hours on Tuesday following the heavy deluge that gripped the city. The reason for it being that CR trains do not have a system wherein the motorman and motor-guard can communicate with the control room located at its divisional headquarter in CST. This fact came to light on Thursday after commuters complained that they received no information from the Passenger Information System (PIS), via the speakers present in each coach.

More than 30 lakh passengers were stranded in various trains that were marooned mid-journey when water levels gushed into the train’s engines. Passengers like Shreyas Ranade, a resident of Seawoods, who was stuck in the train at Thane said, “I was trying to travel from Kalyan to Kurla, but was stuck in the train for almost six hours.  There were no announcements and I was just sitting there with no information from the railways. The only information I received was from family members and friends.”

Speaking about CR’s partially operational Train Management System (TMS), Divisional Railway Manager, Mumbai Division (CR) Mr.Ravindra Goyal said, “We are still working on the system where the guard and the motorman would get information from  the control room directly.” He further added, “The motorman calls up the control from their mobile in situations where it is needed. We will get the system soon after we sort out some technical issues.” Railway activist and ex-Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC) said, “This is a very operational issue on the CR. It is one of the most basic technologies that railways must have.”

Pictures of the railway tracks between Western Railway’s Elphinstone Road and Parel stations on Wednesday morning, after the flood waters receded, hold some answers to what caused the trains to stop on Tuesday afternoon and why 24 hours later services are not back to normal. The storm water channels, built to drain water from the tracks, were filled to the brim with styrofoam, plastic containers and wrappers. The choked drains were clearly overwhelmed by Tuesday’s rain in no time.

Mumbai’s railway tracks are among the filthiest in the country. Around nine months ago, Environment Life, an association of volunteers, clicked pictures of the incredibly filthy tracks near Sandhurst Road and Masjid station on the Central Railway and tweeted it to the railway minister. The officials managing the minister’s tweets responded by asking for the location of the tracks, there was no follow up after that. One railway babu in Mumbai asked the volunteers to file a complaint about the garbage. Seriously? Do you need a complaint from citizens to clean up your filthy premises?

Dharmesh Barai of Environment Life estimates that the garbage strewn along Central Railway’s two suburban lines in Mumbai could fill three trains. “The railways do not allow the municipal corporation or other agencies to send cleaning teams to the tracks (this is mainly because of security reasons),” said Barai. “Citizens are also responsible for throwing garbage and allowing sewage lines to empty into railway (stormwater) drains, but the railways seem to be doing nothing to punish the culprits.”

The main reason why the railways have not been able to resolve the garbage problem has been the lack of cooperation between the agencies that manage the Mumbai metropolitan region, which apart from Mumbai, includes other cities and towns. There are different government agencies like the MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority), the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation), the KDMC (Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation) and the railways. “They do not co-ordinate with each other though we have been telling them to,” said Subhash Gupta of Rail Yatri Parishad, an association of railway commuters. “The railway lines pass through the city without any kind of collaboration with other agencies. The railways will clean up its premises and ten days later the BMC will clean up the sewers in its area and send the garbage back into the storm water drains managed by the railways.”

Why are the railways allowing sewage from municipal drains to flow into the urgent storm water drains? The two agencies have not met in years to resolve the issue. “Nobody is taking up the responsibility of cleaning up the railway tracks; they are passing the blame,” added Gupta.

Mumbai Rains: Metro, Monorail Services unaffected by Heavy Rains; ferried commuters as usual

MUMBAI: As heavy rains crippled railway services all over the city on Tuesday, the metro and monorail services remained unaffected and ferried commuters as usual.

MMRDA officials said that the metro and monorail services can only be a supplement to the railway network and will be useful only to span areas not connected by the railways.

According to MMRDA which is responsible for the mono-rail services running from Jacob Circle to Chembur, the services had seen a surge in ridership on Tuesday after the incessant rains led to both vehicular and railway movement to a halt due to water logging.

“There was an increase in ridership by almost 5000, as people living in the eastern suburbs and stranded around Parel, Dadar and Wadala took the mono to reach home,” said MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kawatkar. He added that the services were unaffected and in fact additional services were run on Tuesday to ferry stranded people.

The Metro services from Versova to Ghatkopar did not see any increase in the ridership. According to a MMOPL spokesperson the metro rail services had catered to mostly regular commuters during the incessant rains on Tuesday.

Mumbai should have gone for Elevated Rail over the existing suburban network long back, says Gadgil

MUMBAI: Maharashtra government should have gone in for construction of Elevated Rail Track over the existing suburban network of Western and Central Railways from south Mumbai towards at least Ghatkopar and Bandra, said Congress MLC Anant Gadgil.

Speaking to reporters at Mantralaya, Gadgil, an architect and a town planner said he had way back in 1997 recommended construction of such an elevated rail track whereby in times of the recent deluge of August 29 or July 26, 2005, people could have without facing hardships able to leave their workplaces in South Mumbai and head home.

He added that the elevated rail track can be built without disturbing the existing suburban rail network by constructing the elevated track on column beam arches just like the Mono and Metro Rail corridors.

“At times when heavy rains disrupt rail and road traffic, the elevated rail track can function and ease the situation on the ground. Prior to the July 26, 2005 deluge, I had warned the government to take remedial measures or else the metropolis will face devastation in near future,” he said.

Calling for an end to granting additional Floor Space Index (FSI) in Mumbai, Gadgil advocated the need for creating self-contained sub-growth centers between the triangle of Mumbai-Pune-Nashik region.

He said that these sub-growth centers should be self-contained in terms of industries, residential premises, schools and so on.

He added that there is a limit to which the city can grow and steps need to be taken to take the pressure off the metropolis.

Gadgil further said the drainage system that exists today was laid down by the British Improvement Trust (BIT) way back in 1932, of which we have only been able to replace 60 per cent of it.

“In the town planning schemes in eastern suburbs of Wadala, Sewri, Bandra-Khar or Parsi Colony in Dadar, the British had earmarked an area of 15 to 20 feet around the buildings for earth and gardens that soaked up excess rains,” he said.

Now in the process of allowing parking spaces, these open spaces have been concretized creating heat spots which are primarily responsible for decrease in the rainfall, he added.

Referring to the storm water drainage system, he said that at present the government is only spending on its maintenance and not on upgradation.

Gadgil said out of eight to nine pumping stations required for the city, only six have been built.

Mumbai Floods: Railways take time to get back on track

Stranded and damaged rakes throw spanner into efforts to resume services; long-distance trains hit

MUMBAI: Regular travelers on the suburban railway will have to wait a while for train services to get back to normal.

Railway officials say they will require a few more days to resume services at full strength, with 14 rakes of the Central and Western Railways damaged in the downpour on Tuesday.

Officials said they have tried their best to resume operations. “On Tuesday, water had reached 200-300mm above the track level and so running trains was not possible. Some passengers had to stay for hours in one place. We were waiting the whole day and night to normalise services,” said one official.

On Wednesday, Central Railway (CR) struggled to resume operations, while Western Railway started partial services late on Tuesday.

CR officials said they would not have faced so much trouble had all the rakes functioned properly. But seven rakes — three on the harbour line and four on the main line — were marooned, causing services to be suspended for nearly two hours in the afternoon. “The rakes were taken to the nearby car shed for repairs, and the services were normalised,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, CR.

While Mr. Udasi said the services would run as per the normal schedule, it does not seem likely. Each rake is used for around four services per day, and then sent to the car shed for maintenance. Damage to seven rakes means that CR will approximately run 30 fewer services than usual.

Similarly, Western Railway will operate 30 fewer services than its 1,323 regular trips.

Motor damage

The rakes were damaged as they were standing in water for hours. The water level rose above the specified level, which damaged the motors of the trains. “These rakes will undergo an inspection, and can be put back on the tracks only after that. This may also take time if the motor coach is damaged,” said an official.

Long-distance trains that have been rescheduled and cancelled have created a backlog. Hence, the schedule will take at least three to four days to regain normalcy.

“Some trains will come from other divisions. And our rakes need to be checked thoroughly before we put them on the tracks. We will require minimum four days to restore the schedule,” said a senior railway official.

Central Railway also had to cancel many long-distance trains due to the derailment of the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express between Vasind and Asangaon. The track has been restored, and services till Kasara have been resumed. “The overhead equipment work is in process, and after getting the fitness certification, we will run long-distance trains on this route instead of diverting them,” Mr. Udasi said.

Railway activist Subhash Gupta said the authorities should wake up and take precautionary measures to safeguard Mumbai’s lifeline. “Every year, the situation worsens during the monsoon. Why do the officials wait for this day? Many people have lost their lives; who will pay for this?” Mr. Gupta asked.

Suburban Train services on Western Line resumes in Mumbai

NEW DELHI: The suburban train services on the western railway line in Mumbai has resumed after incessant downpour threw life out of gear in the megapolis.

The Railway Ministry said on twitter that the services on the western railway resumed yesterday at 11.58 pm and stranded passengers were evacuated.

“Suburban lines on @WesternRly are made operational and services running. Services are running between Thane-Karjat, Thane-Titwala on main line. Vashi-Panvel on harbour line, Thane-Vashi on trans-harbour line,” it tweeted.

“On direction of MR @sureshpprabhu all efforts are being taken to provide relief to passengers of Mumbai suburban in wake of heavy rains,” the ministry tweeted.

“We are working in close coordination with the BMC and disaster management cell to ensure all possible measures.

Additional pumps have been put in for bringing water levels down in heavy water-logged areas,” it said.

The railways today cancelled 16 trains which include Hazrat Nizamuddin-Mumbai Central August Kranti Rajdhani Express, 18102 Jammu Tawi-Tata Nagar Muri Express, 14626 Firozpur-Delhi Sarai Rohilla Intercity Express, 14601 Firozpur-Sri Ganganagar Intercity Express, 14630 FirozpurLudhiana Sutlej Express, 12421 Nanded-Amritsar Express, 15656 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra-Kamakhya Express, 12984 Chandigarh-Ajmer Garibrath Express.

Some trains have also been cancelled on August 31 and September 1.

When the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto derailed early on Tuesday near its destination, the first reports did not mention the cause: a landslip under the tracks caused by heavy rains.

But that small landslip set the stage for the day as torrential monsoon rains gradually brought Mumbai down to its knees and led to the cancellation of scores of trains—not just those affected by the Duronto’s derailment—and flights in and out of India’s financial capital.

Indian Railways, which had just been given a new chairman after another derailment on August 23, was meanwhile working quietly through the heavy rain and slush to remove the derailed coaches of the Duronto from the tracks between Asangaon and Vasind, and to get trains running again on the section.

The General Manager of Central Railways, the division in charge of the area, was leading from the front.

Flood-enforced blockade hurts Northeast Frontier Railway in best Revenue Year

Rail link between the Northeast and the mainland cut off since August 13. Track damage has also put the spotlight on alternative rail routes for bailing out the Northeast during emergencies.

GUWAHATI: Floods have cut off rail link between the Northeast and the mainland since August 13, hurting the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) in its best revenue year, besides depleting the stock of essentials across the region.

Damage to tracks has enforced a blockade that has again put the spotlight on alternative rail routes for bailing out the Northeast during emergencies.

Unlike other zones, NFR, catering primarily to eight landlocked north-eastern states besides parts of Bihar and West Bengal, is dependent on passenger traffic for revenue.

For the first time in decades, NFR topped all zones across the country to record 12.2% growth in passenger traffic between January and July this year. Passenger earnings too increased by 7.73% to touch Rs 1,009.40 crore during this period.

But two breaches on the arterial track near Telta and Sudhani stations in Bihar (between Kishanganj in Bihar and Malda in West Bengal) on August 13 came as a dampener for NFR, which has lost more than Rs 40 crore in revenue since.

The loss could cross Rs 50 crore by August 31, when the railway line is expected to be repaired for movement of trains.

“Our goods traffic is mostly inbound, which means there is hardly any loading of goods in the Northeast. Our revenue is thus passenger-dependent,” said NFR spokesperson Pranav Jyoti Sharma.

From August 13-20, NFR lost Rs 23.77 crore because of cancellation of 284 trains.

FCI stocks depleting

The nature-enforced railway blockade has hit Manipur – a victim of blockades by NGOs for long – the most.

As on August 20, Manipur had only a day’s stock of foodgrains and sugar procured by Food Corporation of India (FCI) via the railways. Mizoram followed with 11 days’ stock, Assam with 13, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland with 14 each, Tripura with 27 and Meghalaya with 29 days’ stock.

The next assessment of stock will be done on Tuesday.

FCI’s total storage capacity for foodgrains and sugar in the Northeast is 563,557 million tonnes.

According to the Kamrup Chamber of Commerce, the most influential trade body in the region, FCI warehouses being low on essentials is no cause for panic.

“Private players have sufficient quantity of essential commodities to last more than two months. Merchants are also bringing in goods by road. But the problem is NFR has halted continuous loading of wagons because of the disruption,” said the chamber’s president, Mahavir Jain.

Unlike FCI, merchants across the Northeast bring in only 30% of their goods by trains

NFR officials handling freight admitted 109 rakes, 10 of them for FCI, were stopped from being loaded in commodities hubs across the country. This was because 100 Northeast-bound rakes were not able to enter the NFR system for unloading at specific destinations in the region.

A rake has a maximum 52 wagons that are booked by a single or group of merchants. NFR handles an average 630 inbound rakes per month.

The freight service has been affected because the Guwahati-headquartered NFR’s three goods interchange points – Purnea, Katihar and Malda – are beyond the stretches where the tracks have been damaged.

Katihar and Purnea cater primarily to rice and wheat from northern India, while Malda is the interchange point for freight trains bringing in potatoes, onions, sugar, and fertiliser from western, central and southern India besides the ports on the Bay of Bengal.

Security concern for oil rakes

Seven loaded oil rakes stranded in northern West Bengal have raised security concerns for NFR. The railway zone has sought extra security fearing sabotage and pilferage of high-speed diesel and superior kerosene oil from these rakes.

“NFR moves an average 120 oil rakes per month. Some of them are loaded from the four refineries in Assam and some from two pipeline points in northern Bengal connected to two of these refineries. Each rake has 3,000 tonnes of diesel or kerosene,” a senior commercial manager said, declining to be named.

The vulnerability of the oil tankers increases manifold if they are stationary.

Alternative tracks

The Chicken’s Neck, a narrow strip of land in West Bengal connecting the Northeast to mainland India, allows little scope for alternative railway tracks.

“This disaster should make NFR give serious thought to laying tracks that can be relied upon during times of crisis. The railways has been delaying a few such projects,” Jain said.

NFR officials, however, disagreed, claiming work on one such broad gauge project — the 110.75 km Araria-Galgalia line in north-eastern Bihar — was started after a budget grant of Rs 150 crore during the 2016-17 fiscal.

The progress of work on this new line, estimated to cost Rs 838 crore has been 2% till date, according to an NFR officer.

A grant of Rs 10 crore was also provided for another project, the 50.87 km Jalalgarh-Kishanganj line in Bihar, but work has not started yet, said the officer. The anticipated cost for Jalalgarh-Kishanganj is Rs 565 crore.

“If we had either of these two lines, all goods and passenger trains could have been diverted,” the officer said.

Floods ravage East, Northeast states, Rail links remain snapped – Trains operations badly hit

Many Trains Cancelled due to Heavy Rains in North Frontier Railway!

GUWAHATI: Rail link between the Northeast and rest of the country remained snapped for the second consecutive day due to floods in Bihar and the Railway Board has decided to cancel all incoming trains from various parts of the country towards the northeastern region till 10 am on August 16.

“The Railway Board has decided to cancel all incoming trains from various parts of the country towards the North East region which were to reach either Katihar or Malda Town till 10 am of August 16,” Pranav Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) said.

He said that senior Railway officials are at stationed at sites affected by flooding and water levels are being constantly monitored. “Booking refund counters are being kept open at Katihar, New Jalpaiguri and Guwahati stations to facilitate easy refund to passengers and officials are keeping a strict vigil to ensure that catering units are fully stocked with essential food items and passengers are not put to any inconvenience. Passengers are being intimated through SMS about cancellation of passenger trains. Frequent announcements are also being made through PA system at stations,” Sharma said.

Thousands of commuters have been left stranded at various stations across the NFR zone since yesterday since the rail link got snapped after rising water-levels inundated tracks at Katihar and Alipurduar divisions. Normal train traffic is still plying from New Jalpaiguri eastwards towards Guwahati and further up to Dibrugarh, Silchar, Murkongselek and Agartala. “However, train service to and from NFR zone to other parts of the country continue to remain disrupted. Services are only likely to resume once flood water recede and the track is certified fit for traffic,” said an official.

A number of trains including the Dibrugarh-Howrah Kamrup Express, the Dibrugarh-New Delhi Rajdhani Express and the Dibrugarh-Delhi Brahmaputra Mail were cancelled today. In addition, NFR has also announced cancellation of a number of trains scheduled for tomorrow. Among them are the Guwahati-Rajendranagar Capital Express, the Guwahati-Bangalore Express, the North East Express, the Saraighat Express, the Guwahati-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express and the Kamakhya-Bangalore Express.

Due to heavy rains and water flow over the track between Kishanganj and Panjipara of North Frontier Railway  the following trains are cancelled as detailed below:

Trains Cancelled:

  • Train No. 12504 Kamakhya – Bengaluru Cantt Express is cancelled on 22nd  August, 2017.
  • Train No. 12508 Guwahati – Thiruvantapuram Central is cancelled on 25th August, 2017.
  • Train No. 12510 Guwahati – Bengaluru Cantt Express is cancelled on 21st ,22nd and 27th  August, 2017.
  • Train No. 12514 Guwahati – Secunderabad Express is cancelled on 24th August, 2017.
  • Train No.12516 Guwahati-Thiruvantapuram Central Express is cancelled on 23rd August, 2017
  • Train No.12552 Kamakhya – Yeshvantapur Express is cancelled on 23rd August, 2017
  • Train No.15630 Guwahati-Tambaram Express is cancelled on 25th August, 2017
  • Train No.15906 Dibrugarh – Kanyakumari Express is cancelled on 26th  August, 2017
  • Train No.15930 Dibrugarh – Tambaram Express is cancelled on 27th August, 2017.
  • Train No.22502 New Tinsukia – Bengaluru City Express is cancelled on 25th August, 2017
  • Train No.22612 New Jalpaiguri – Chennai Central Express is cancelled on 25th  August, 2017
  • Train No.12503 Bengaluru City – Kamakhya Express is cancelled on 25th  August, 2017.
  • Train No.12509 Bengaluru City – Guwahati Express is cancelled on 23rd, 24th and 25th August, 2017.
  • Train No.12551 Yeshvantapur – Kamakhya Express is cancelled on 26th August, 2017.
  • Train No.22501 Bengaluru City – New Tinsukia Express is cancelled on 22nd August, 2017.
  • Train No.15629 Tambaram – Guwahati Express is cancelled on 21st August, 2017.
  • Train No.12507 Thiruvanantapuram Central – Guwahati Express is cancelled on 22nd August, 2017.

Efforts on to Restore Flood-Damaged Railway Infrastructure, N-E links remains Snapped

GUWAHATI: Works to restore railway infrastructure damaged by the flood under the jurisdiction of the N R Railway is on in the war footing in the wake of the Railway Board giving direction to all zonal railways to cancel trains travelling from various parts of the country beyond Malda town in West Bengal and Katihar in Bihar till August 20 next because of the damage to railway infrastructure by flood fury.

The damage of railway infrastructure due to flood fury forced the N F Railway to cancel altogether 77 trains so far. The railway link with North East India has remained snapped.

Meanwhile, a medical camp was conducted at Guwahati station for the passengers waiting in the station due to cancellation of train services. The N F Railway is running special trains from Guwahati to Dalkhola and from Dibrugarh to Guwahati for clearance of rush caused by cancellation of trains due to unprecedented flood, according to the CPRO of the N R Railway, Pranab Jyoti Sharma.

The CPRO informed that at Bridge No. 3 located at Km. 7/2-3 between stations Kuretha and Manian in the section Katihar- Kumedpur which was breached at 7.30 A.M. on Wednesday, N.F. Railway has been able to mobilise a 45 ft. girder along with a 140-ton crane which has reached site from Eastern Railway. Boulders for restoration have been mobilised from Pakur, Bakudi and Sakrigli.

This bridge which is crucial for connectivity from Katihar to Malda is being attended by more than 600 labours working round the clock and it is expected that if flood condition does not deteriorate further the bridge will be restored by tomorrow.

At Bridge No. 133 located between stations Sudhani – Telta of New Jalpaiguri – Malda section which was worst hit with almost 60 m approach being washed away on both up and down line, restoration work has already been started. The senior railway officials are camping at site while an NDRF team from Danapur has also reached the site today. Work is progressing day and night.

At bridge no. MK 8, 9, 11 between stations Kumedpur – Khurial of Malda Town New Jalpaiguri section which have been washed out by flood water from river Mahananda, restoration work is going on in full swing under supervision of senior Railway officials.

In Alipurduar Division, track connection from Fakiragram to Dhubri has been restored from Thursday morning after completion of work at Bridge no. 28. Train connection from Dhubri will be restored and DEMU services will be started from Friday. In Lumding Division, the flood-affected track between Silghat and Jakhalabandha stations has been attended and restored for movement of traffic at restricted speed.

Consultant to find remedy to waterlogging at Howrah, Tikiapara: GM/ER

water-logging-howrahHowrah: Eastern Railway has appointed a consultant to find a remedy to waterlogging of railway tracks at Howrah and adjoining areas, which affected train services for three days since Monday night, an official said here today.

“A consultant has been appointed for finding a remedy to waterlogging of tracks at Howrah and Tikiapara. A report by the consultant is expected by February,” ER general manager Ghanshyam Singh said at a function here.

“It is expected that the problem will be taken care of next monsoon,” he said while speaking about the disruption of train services of Eastern Railway at Howrah, one of the busiest terminal stations in the country, following Monday’s heavy rains that caused waterlogging of tracks.

Stating that Tikiapara area is “like a saucer”, he said water accumulated there very easily in case of a heavy downpour.

The problem is aggravated owing to very old drainage system and dependence on high and low tides in Hooghly river, into which the water is drained, he said.

Waterlogging of tracks of Eastern and South Eastern Railway following Monday night’s heavy downpour inconvenienced lakhs of commuters for the last two days.

Train services in Eastern Railway’s Howrah division, as well as in Sealdah and other divisions were normal today, ER spokesperson R N Mahapatra said.

EMU local services in South Eastern Railway continued to be affected for the third day today as 31 pairs of local trains were cancelled, SER spokesperson Sanjoy Ghosh said.

Mail/express services were, however, nearing normal with only one train – Tamralipta Express – having been cancelled.

Most major mail/express trains were terminating at and originating from Howrah station, instead of Santragachi station, which was being used for the purpose for the last two days, Ghosh said.

Monsoon hurdles: Railway Board preparedness for safe railway operations

monsoon and railwaysMinistry of Railways has geared up its machinery to ensure safe railway operation during the current monsoon season. Railway Board has already sent instructions to all Zonal railways to do necessary preparedness and undertake appropriate precaution to ensure safe railway operation during the monsoon season. Zonal Railways at their own level have also prepared booklets of detailed guidelines for the concerned railway staff for the rainy season. In brief, following measures have been taken to ensure safe railway operations: –

(i) Joint inspection of Railway affecting works (Canals, Tanks, Reservoirs etc.) with State Govt. officials and attention to deficiencies by State Governments.

(ii) Identification of Vulnerable locations on the basis of past history and pre monsoon inspections. Stationary watchman are deputed at vulnerable bridges/locations. Patrolman deputed in vulnerable sections.

(iii) Detailed Guidelines have been issued by the Zonal Railways for Monsoon Patrolling and protection of vulnerable bridges/locations.

(iv) Adequate monsoon reserves such as Boulders, sand/quarry dust, relieving girders, wire net trungers etc. have been stacked at identified locations and also loaded in wagons for early restoration of the site in case of breaches/washouts etc.

(v) In the event of abnormal rainfall or storm during day or night, the Railway officials (Mate) organise patrolling over the length affected.

(vi) Arrangement made by Railway with the concerned Meteorological Centre for receipt of bad weather warnings covering heavy rainfall, high velocity winds, cyclone etc.

(vii) Liaison has been maintained with local authorities for monitoring of excess release of water from reservoirs/Dams so that adequate protection of Railway structure could be taken without loss of time.

(viii) Regular cleaning of catch water drains and side drains to ensure free flow and quick drainage of storm water.

(ix) In hilly areas, where there is incidence of falling boulders, a survey is carried out to locate loose boulders. Such loose boulders are being dropped in a systematic manner.

(x) Railway Officials inspect sections during monsoon by footplate/motor trolley etc. specially during period of Heavy rains/weather forecast.

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Vital North-east rail link back on track after two months

Lumding-Silchar section opened for goods train

A goods train passing through the diverted alignment near Migrendisa on Thursday.
A goods train passing through the diverted alignment near Migrendisa on Thursday.

Silchar/Agartala: The broad gauge line of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) – the lifeline of several north-eastern states – was restored on Thursday, almost two months after it was damaged by heavy rains.

In spite of frequent rainfall in the area, the NF Railway started operation of goods trains on Lumding-Silchar route on Thursday, said the Chief Engineer of NF Railway, RP Jingar.

The train services on the Lumding-Silchar route was disrupted for several days due to heavy landslide damaging the foundation of tracks near Migrendisa causing immense difficulties to the people of Barak Valley and Dima Hasao.

The restoration of the rail traffic will be a great relief for southern Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and parts of Manipur which are linked to the railway network of India through the NFR line.

Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Pranav Jyoti Sharma said a new 300-metre track was laid to divert the route slightly at the problematic spot in Migrendisa in Dima Hasao district of southern Assam.

“After running goods train on the route on an experimental basis for a few days, we will decide on resuming normal passenger train service,” he told IANS over phone from NFR headquarters in Maligaon on the outskirts of Guwahati city.

It is learnt that after the incessant rain on May 16, the train tracks were damaged at KM 92/2. After repair works on May 17, 22, 30 and June 13, the route was finally opened to goods train. However, due to continuous uplift and lateral shift of the tracks is making it difficult to maintain the tracks’ parameter and route was closed on June 12.

The work for diverted alignment was started on June 17 and completed on July 6.

Huge landslides triggered by downpour damaged the tracks on April 27. Good train traffic was restored on May 6, only to be disrupted again from May 13 onwards. That cut off southern Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and parts of Manipur from the railway network.

The NFR converted the 110 years old metre gauge line to broad gauge last year in south Assam, Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram. However, poor soil conditions are hampering running of trains on certain sections.

The Guwahati-Silchar rail route is the lifeline for southern Assam comprising Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi, Dima Hasao districts, and the mountainous states of Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram.

The region is dependent on the rail line for supply of food grain, essential commodities, fertilisers, petroleum products, construction materials and other goods.

NFR mulls New Line to resume train services between Silchar and Lumding

Maigrendisa landslide areaSilchar: The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has decided to construct a diversion at Maigrendisa in Dima Hasao district to reconnect Silchar with Lumding.

The move comes after the NFR failed to repair the tracks damaged owing to incessant rain and landslides in front of tunnel 8 at Maigrendisa despite repeated attempts for more than a month.

Chief engineer of NFR (construction) Rajendra Jinger told that they had started work on a diversion line, which will be 220-metres long. “All our attempts to repair the tracks on the old alignment went in vain because of swelling of soil. We are now constructing a diversion line, 10m away from the existing line,” he said.

Passenger train service along the route has been abandoned since May 16 after the tracks got damaged because of landslides. The route was thrown open for goods train on June 7 but stopped five days later after the bulging of tracks.

Sources said the NFR faced a tough time repairing the damaged 140m-long tracks at Maigrendisa.

“There were many occasions when the track was laid but within a few hours, we noticed parts of it were bulging. Moreover, it has been raining heavily for the past month. The rainfall in the hills crossed 300mm in three days, the highest in the past decade,” Jinger said.

He said the alignment of the diversion route would be a curvature one unlike the existing straight one.

Sources said the hillocks on either side of the tracks at Maigrendisa comprise a layer of black soil, which was unable to discharge water following the rain and later it led to landslide.

The diversion was undertaken following the advice of an Austrian expert Florian Krenn, who visited the site a few days back and submitted a report to the NFR.

Krenn is associated with Geo Consult, a private and independent engineering consultant providing various services in engineering on a global scale.

Asked about the probable date for completion of the work, Jinger said, “Work is going on in full swing. For the last two days, there has been no rain and the progress is impressive. If the weather supports us, we are likely to complete the diversion by July 7 or 8.”

After repeated failures to resolve the issue, NFR officials and workers also offered prayers to “Nag Mata” at Maigrendisa on June 13.

Asked if soil testing was not conducted before construction of the Silchar-Lumding broad-gauge project, Jinger said, “Everything was done according to rules. Soil was also tested. If the nature changes or reveals its fury, no one can do anything. We are making our best efforts to open the line as soon as possible,” he added.

On the other hand, different Dima Hasao organisations have demanded commencement of the services along the Silchar-Haflong route owing to the poor condition of roads.

Railway Minister orders inquiry into Mumbai train services’ disruption

Mumbai Train services disruptionMumbai: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the recent disruption of suburban train services in Mumbai.

On Monday, the services of Western Railway were hugely affected for nearly an hour following the power failure caused by theft of a battery box at Mahim station.

“Review of monsoon preparedness is being done at the highest level. Ensuring safe commute for the people is our priority,” Prabhu tweeted.

“We will explore not only reasons of disruption but also focus on remedial measures and act swiftly,” the minister said.

“Ordered time bound enquiry to come up with the causes. Disruption in Mumbai suburban has been taken up very seriously,” he said.

BJP Mumbai unit President Ashish Shelar, who met Prabhu in Delhi, on Wednesday said he was grateful to the minister for such a “huge commitment” to redress problems of local trains during rains.

Prabhu has informed that a Railway Board team is being sent to Mumbai to monitor situation, Shelar said.

Railway Ministry will also dispatch a Railway Board team to monitor the monsoon preparedness of Mumbai’s lifeline, the suburban train services, an official said here on Wednesday.

BJP city president Ashish Shelar on Wednesday met Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and apprised him of the series of disruptions on Western Railway, Central Railway and Harbour Line in the past few days which have made life and commute miserable for over eight million daily commuters.

“The disruption in Mumbai suburban (services) yesterday has been taken up very seriously,” Shelar tweeted shortly after his meeting with Prabhu where he informed him of the frequent breakdowns in the suburban networks which hit city commuters hard.

He said besides sending a Railway Board team to Mumbai, Prabhu has ordered a time-bound enquiry into the disruptions in suburban train services in the past two days.

The minister emphasised that “ensuring safe commute for the people is our priority” and assured that not only would the reasons behind the disruptions be explored, but they would focus on remedial measures and act swiftly.

Pulling up the WR and CR authorities, Prabhu has directed the general managers of the two railways serving Mumbai suburban to conduct a time-bound enquiry, come up with the causes and report immediately.

Last year, Prabhu had uploaded the Twitter handles of all top officials of all railway zones in the country for public information and asked people to directly complain to them of any problems besides marking copies to him (@RainMinIndia) for proper monitoring at the highest level.

Mumbai’s commuters had a harrowing time in the past two days with consecutive disruptions on the WR on Monday due to theft of batteries and on CR due to water-logging in the inaugural monsoon rains.

Lakhs of people could not reach their places of work or offices in south Mumbai, students could not make it to their colleges or schools across the city, daily wage earners lost their day’s income while supplies of goods and services which are transported by suburban trains were also disrupted.

Western Railway evaluate Safety measures to protect Batteries

Western Railway is evaluating different ways in order to protect its 17 electric sub stations after recent battery thefts. Box of batteries worth Rs 2 lakh was stolen on Monday from Mahim electric sub station. Each battery was worth Rs 10,000 and 18 batteries were stolen from the sub station.

Some of the techniques which the Western Railway might induct include deploying the Railway Protection Force (RPF) or the western railway officials to the sub stations in order to protect the property. The Western Railway officials are also thinking to outsource the security of the sub stations to private companies or install CCTV cameras around all there 17 sub stations.

“We are looking at methods and techniques in order to secure our electric sub stations. This has happened second time and from the same sub station. We have not finalised on what method we will be opting but we are evaluating every possible network,” said a senior railway official.

Authorities working to restore Railway services in the North East

Rain, landslides disrupts railway services in northeast India

The rains have also played havoc with the four-lane East-West Corridor that traverses through Dima Hasao district almost parallel to the railway track
The rains have also played havoc with the four-lane East-West Corridor that traverses through Dima Hasao district almost parallel to the railway track

Agartala: Torrential rains and heavy landslides badly disrupted rail services in southern Assam, Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram in the recent past, officials said on Tuesday.  ”Railway workers have been working round-the-clock to clear the debris in many places in southern Assam’s Dima Hasao district.

The huge mudslides together with stones covering a large portion of railway tracks at Fidhing and other places are being cleared,” a Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) official said.  He said it would take another three or four days to clear the debris and make way for trains.

“We are expecting to restore rail services in the region by the end of this week,” he said.  NFR officials and engineers accompanied by district administration officials camped at the spot, 300 km south of Guwahati, to supervise the clearance work.

Due to heavy rains, huge landslides occurred in the Lumding-Badarpur hill section in southern Assam on Monday night

NFR chief public relations officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma said four major trains running between Guwahati and Silchar, including the Silchar-Sealdah Kanchanjunga Express and the Silchar-New Delhi via Guwahati Poorvattar Sampark Kranti Express, were cancelled until the removal of mudslides.

Authorities are working on a war-footing to restore rail traffic that has remained disrupted for nearly a month in southern Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and western Manipur due to incessant rain and subsequent landslides.

Tripura Bharatiya Janata Party President Biplab Deb said on Friday that Assam Public Works Department (Roads and Highways) Minister Parimal Shuklabaidya too had assured him of all steps to help restore road traffic in the region at the earliest, disrupted due to damage to National Highway-8.

The railway line and national highways pass through southern Assam to connect Tripura, Mizoram and western Manipur with the rest of India to supply foodgrains, fertilisers, petroleum products, construction material and other essential commodities.

Tripura is the worst affected as the 585-km National Highway 8 — its only connection with the rest of India through Assam and Meghalaya — was severely damaged in adjoining southern Assam.

About a 20-km stretch between Lower Powa in Assam and Churaibari in northern Tripura has turned into a slushy field after the downpour.

According to Tripura government officials, due to the damage to National Highway-8, hundreds of oil tankers, goods-laden trucks and other vehicles have been stranded in Lower Powa area in southern Assam.

Disruption in rail and road traffic has led to prices of essential commodities soaring in the region.

“We are trying to restore the rail line within a week. Our workers and engineers are working round-the-clock to restore rail service,” Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) Chief Administrative Officer Ajit Pandit told over phone.

He said :”We have roped in engineers from Austria as well as other parts of India to use their expertise at the trouble spots. We are using all options to open the vital railway route soon.”

After removal of debris and repair of railway tracks, goods trains from Guwahati to Tripura, Mizoram and southern Assam were operated in the past two days on an experimental basis though conditions were still not conducive for running passenger trains on the route.

“Clearing huge mudslides apart from boulders from a large portion of the tracks at Fidhing and 11 other places in Dima Hasao district (in Assam) is a huge task,” Pandit added.

Huge landslides damaged railway tracks first on April 27.

Rail traffic was restored on May 6, only to be disrupted again from May 13 in Assam’s Dima Hasao district.

Chennai Metro workers safe, will return soon, says CMRL

Chennai Metro Rail floodsChennai: Some Chennai Metro Rail workers have returned to their hometowns after work was interrupted in the city during the recent floods.

According to sources, there were rumours about workers going missing. Subsequently, the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) was asked where they were.

‘Not reachable’

“Since the phone lines were down, the workers were not reachable; but they had boarded trains to their hometowns by then since work had been disrupted in the underground stretch for a little while now; they will return very soon,” an official said.

A CMRL official said the workers were safe and would return soon. At least 6,000 workers are employed in metro construction work that sprawls over 45 km; of this 24 km will be underground and the remaining 21 km, elevated.

When the rains lashed the city last week earlier this month, many underground stations were inundated. Though water was pumped out of the stations, sources said work was interrupted since the tunnels and stations were heavily flooded in some areas and it could take sometime to resume full-fledged work.

Station inundated

“Work has started but in some areas like Saidapet it is going to take a while,” an official said. Saidapet station was completely flooded by the Adyar river in spate. About 100-150 HP motors are being used to pump out the water.

Trains to North via.Bhopal Division cancelled due to heavy rains in TN & AP

train halted tambaramBhopal: In view of the heavy rain causing waterlogging on the railway tracks in Tamil Nadu and derailment in Guntakal railway division, several trains passing through Bhopal division will remain affected on October 18 and 19, that would be cancelled from their originating stations a day earlier.

Due to water over flowing above danger level on Railway Bridge No. 167 between Tada and Sullurpet stations on Gudur – Chennai section, bank slip between Yellakaru and Venkatagiri stations & Vendodu – Kondagunta stations and derailment between Nandalur-Mantapampalli on Guntakal Division,  the following trains are cancelled / rescheduled as detailed below:-

Trains Cancelled on 17th November, 2015:-

  1. Train No. 02510 Kamakhya – Bangalore Cantonment Suvidha Special is cancelled.

Trains Cancelled on 18th November, 2015:-

  1. Train No. 12761 Tirupati – Karimnagar Express scheduled to depart Tirupati at 22.40 hrs is cancelled.
  2. Train No. 12552 Kamakhya – Yesvantapur AC Express scheduled to depart Kamakhya at 14.00 hrs is cancelled.
  3. Train No. 12840 Chennai Central –Howrah Mail scheduled to depart Chennai Central at 23.45 hrs is cancelled.
  4. Train No. 12842 Chennai Central –Howrah Coromandel Express scheduled to depart Chennai Central at 08.45 hrs is cancelled.
  5. Train No. 13352 Alleppey – Dhanbad Express scheduled to depart Alleppy at 06.00 hrs is cancelled.
  6. Train No. 22604 Villupuram – Kharagpur Express scheduled to depart Villupuram at 11.40 hrs is cancelled.
  7. Train No. 12841 Howrah – Chennai Central Coromandel Express scheduled to depart Howrah at 14.50 hrs is cancelled.
  8. Train No. 17488 Visakapatnam – Tirupati Tirumala Express scheduled to depart Visakapatnam at 14.00 hrs is cancelled.
  9. Train No. 12516 Guwahati – Trivandrum Central Express scheduled to depart Guwahati at 06.20 hrs is cancelled.
  10. Train No. 06335 Guwahati – Kochuvelli special scheduled to depart Guwahati at 23.25 hrs is
  11. Train No. 08301 Sambalpur – Yesvantapur special scheduled to depart Sambalpur at 08.50 hrs is cancelled.
  12. Train No. 12245 Howrah – Yesvantapur Doronto Express scheduled to depart Howrah at 11.00 hrs is cancelled.
  13. Train No. 02841 Santragachi – Chennai Central Special scheduled to depart Santragachi at 19.00 hrs is cancelled.
  14. Train No. 02848 Chennai Central – Howrah Special scheduled to depart Chennai Central at 17.10 hrs is cancelled.
  15. Train No. 18464 Bangalore – Bhubaneshwar Prashanti Express scheduled to depart Bangalore at 00 hrs is cancelled.
  16. Train No. 57273 Hubli – Tirupati Passenger scheduled to depart Hubli at 11.00 hrs is cancelled.
  17. Train No. 07324 Hubli – Chennai Central special scheduled to depart Hubli at 20.20 hrs is
Railway tracks are flooded due to heavy rain at the Egmore Railway Station in Chennai
Railway tracks are flooded due to heavy rain at the Egmore Railway Station in Chennai

Trains Cancelled on 20th November, 2015:

  1. Train No. 15630 Guwahati – Chennai Central scheduled to depart Guwahati at 15.00 hrs is cancelled.
  2. Train No. 08302 Yesvantapur – Sambalpur special scheduled to depart Yewsvantapur at 00.30 hrs is cancelled.

 Train Rescheduled:

  1. Train No. 11011 Mumbai LTT – H.S.Nanded scheduled to depart Mumbai LTT at 12.05 hrs on 18th Novemeber, 2015 is rescheduled to depart at 05.00 hrs on 19th Novemeber, 2015.

Among trains cancelled on October 17 from source stations are – 12651 Sampark Kranti Express, 16093 Andaman Express, 12512 Raptisagar Express, 12626 Kerala Express, 12616 GT Express, 12270 Nizamuddin-Chennai Duronto Express, 12622 Tamil Nadu Express, 12615 GT Express, 12621 Tamil Nadu Express, 12967 Chennai-Jaipur Express and 12642 Trivandrum-Nizamuddin Express. Train no 22403 Pondicherry-New Delhi Express would remain cancelled from its source station on October 18.

Special Trains

Railways has decided to run special trains to clear rush of passengers. For this, special trains will be run between Lucknow-Mumbai LTT and Raxaul-Bangalore. Train no 02107/02108 LTT-Lucknow-LTT AC Special will be run for two trips. On November 21 and 28, train no 02107 will depart from LTT to Lucknow while on November 22 and 29, train no 02108 will depart from Lucknow to LTT. These trains will stop at Habibganj station.

Meanwhile, special train no 05589/05590 Raxaul-Bangalore City-Raxaul will be run just one day. On November 21, train no 05589 will leave Raxaul station on 1.30 pm, arrive at Itarsi next day at 12.55 pm and reach Bangalore on third day at 11 pm. Similarly, train no 05590 will depart from Bangalore city station on November 24 at 11.30 pm, reach Itarsi next day at 1.40 pm and arrive at Raxaul on third day at 4.30 pm.

Twin rail tragedy near Harda, MP due to Flood Water: CRS Report

harda twin train mishap siteBhopal: Overflow of flood water causing washout of the rail embankment was the primary cause of twin rail mishaps near Harda on August 4, according to the provisional report of the Commissioner Railway Safety (CRS).

As many as 29 passengers lost their lives and 45 were injured when train no 11071 Kamayani Express and 13201 Janata Express were derailed near Harda in Madhya Pradesh at around 11.30 pm on August 4.

Railways had ordered an inquiry into the incident and accordingly Dinesh Kumar Singh, Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), South Central Circle under ministry of civil aviation, conducted the probe to ascertain the cause of the accident in August this year.

After carefully considering the factual, material and circumstantial evidence, CRS has provisionally come to the conclusion that the derailment of both trains was caused due to washing away of ballast and formation of soil beneath the track, according to the report.

The failure of railway embankment including the approaches of bridge was caused due to sudden washout of the approaches of a road bridge on Machak River near Rolgaon village on Sirali-Masangaon district road on account of very heavy rainfall in the catchment area of Machak river upstream, the report stated.

The CRS report also observed that the sudden surge of water due to washout of approaches of the road bridge caused flooding in Mandla village and due to overflow of the flood water, the track ballast and embankment started eroding and finally the railway embankment for almost 270 m got washed away.

According to railway ministry, these findings are under the consideration of government for taking further action to prevent such mishaps in future.

Bhopal Divisional authorities still Groping in Dark for possible Cause of Accident

eyes-in-the-dark1 (1)Harda/Bhopal: Even though the railways announced completion of the rescue operation on Wednesday evening nearly 40 hours after the unprecedented twin derailment 18 kms off Harda station the Bhopal Divisional Railway authorities were still groping in the dark for possible cause of the accident.

At least 34 people died and 70 others were injured after seven coaches of Mumbai-Varanasi Kamayani Express and five bogies of Patna-Mumbai Janata Express capsized while crossing a swollen Machak river on Tuesday night.

The Railway authorities claimed to have rescued over 300 persons but the toll could still go up as several passengers were feared to have been washed away in the gushing waters. Some bodies were recovered from over a mile away from the mishap site. A survivor of Kamayni Express mishap, AkhileshPratap Singh said he along with nearly 100 passengers, travelling in the general class coach managed to reach a hilltop to safety.

Madhya Pradesh Public Relation Department Commissioner AnupamRajan said the dead included 10 women and five children and 11 members of a family going to Shirdi.

West Central Railway spokesperson Piyush Mathur said parts of the two trains plunged into the river as the base material below the track was washed away in floods triggered by heavy rain.

The Commissioner of Railway Safety (Central Zone) will conduct the probe. However, VK Gupta, one of the members of the railway board who visited the site said this was one of the freakiest accidents he had come across. The surprising part was the rise of water level by over four metres in less than 10 minutes between the safe crossing of the previous train and the ill-fated ones.Gupta said the accident could have led to a worse scenario.

Lemuel Lall, a journalist who visited the spot on Wednesday said one of the suspected causes was the abrupt application of brake by the driver of Kamayani Express which was running at a high speed and was signalled to halt by the guard of the slow moving Janata Express.

The unusually sharp braking apparently shook the base below the track that was loosened by flowing water. The track was not inspected in the evening and damage caused by heavy rains went unnoticed. Although the accident site was just over 18 kms from Harda station it took over 30 minutes for the information to reach there. Initial rescue operations were hampered by incessant rain and poor visibility. But the army rushed to the spot and with the help of civilians rescued nearly 250 passengers averting a bigger loss of lives.

A state government official said the rescue operations began in right earnest only after the National Disaster Response Force(NDRF) team arrived at the scene nearly two hours after the derailment.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 to those who suffered serious injuries, and said the accident was caused by a natural calamity and couldn’t have been prevented.

According to another version, the embankment of a pond breached due to sudden release of water from a dam near Aamkhal could have caused the flash flood. The railway official, however, did not confirm any such breach.

There was a war of words between the railways and the meteorological department over the disaster. While the met office says it had warned of heavy rainfall in the affected region the railways denied any such information. The met office said the warning was sent to the divisional railway manager’s (DRM) office on Tuesday morning.

Political games instantly began with the Congress and AamAdmi party squarely blaming Suresh Prabhu for the absence of safety in the railways and demanding his resignation.

At least 23 trains were cancelled for over two days. This is the second disruption of rail traffic in less than a fortnight within the radius of 100 kms of Itarsi, one of the key junctions of Central Indiathat routes rail traffic across the length and breadth of the country.

More than 3,200 express trains were cancelled between June 17 and July 23 resulting in 50,000 ticket refunds per day losses over Rs 1,230 crore.

A major fire that destroyed the route relay interlocking (RRI) cabin at Itarsi. The RRI cabin that was due for replacement in 1998 was continued with for over 17 years. The RRI accident also could have been avoided if a smoke detector been installed.

Lack of Smart & Dynamic Leadership on Bhopal Division is the Key Reason for regular Disasters

“You are rated not on how fast you have reacted and restored the things, post-disaster; but is rated on how fast you have identified such mishap-prone areas in your normal functions and have tried to fix them in time” says a well known Disaster Management expert.

leadership teamIndian Railways should start examining the efficiency aspects of the Officials working in Bhopal Division due to its geographical importance that which connects the entire South India with the North. Notwithstanding the fact that the Bhopal Division had turned out to be geographically an errant Division on Indian Railways in the recent past due to multiple disasters, a statement was given by the Railway Board Chief on the twin train mishap stating it is a natural calamity, there is no fault of Railways.

However Railways’ forceful statement on this major accident NOT a correct explanation, says disaster management experts.  It would not be an inappropriate thing to dwell into the personal capabilities of the leadership traits of officials posted on WCR’s Bhopal Division importantly – a bunch of lethargic team, observes an international Rail Disaster Management expert from New Delhi.

Any railway accident is lamentable, but more so when it could have been prevented with a little foresight and proper communication. The two trains that derailed on a rickety bridge which was flooded in Madhya Pradesh fall into this category. As usual, we see arguments, even from former railway ministers about why India should not focus on bullet trains when it has not done enough about the upgrade and safety of the existing system. This is not an either-or situation. While bullet trains should be introduced where feasible, the existing network should be constantly upgraded and monitored.

“Regular monsoon patrolling was not being done between Khirki and Bhirangi section as the officials did not find it vulnerable to accidents in rainy season going by the past history,” a top Railway officer said. “We do regular monsoon patrolling only in the areas which are prone to accidents due to rains. This was not the case with this section,” he said, preferring anonymity.

He was asked when was the last time the ill-fated spot of the section, some 25km from the district headquarters, was inspected. However, he hurriedly added that Assistant Engineer A K Pandey of Harda, had inspected the spot, some 150km from Bhopal, about 20 minutes before the derailments took place. “There is no water body or dam in the upstream of the spot as per our records. I think a flash flood washed away the earth and other materials underneath of the tracks, resulting in the accidents,” he added. The flash flood may have been caused due to a breach in some water body (dam) about which we (Railway) have not been told by district authorities, he contended. However, Bhopal Division PRO I A Siddique denied that regular monsoon patrolling was not carried out on the ill- fated section. “We do patrolling in each and every section without taking vulnerability into account,” he added.

WCR General Manager Ramesh Chandra and Bhopal DRM Alok Kumar couldn’t be contacted despite several attempts.

The recent major fire accident in RRI/Itarsi had caused a loss of more than Rs.1300 Crore to the Indian Railways which came as a major shocker for IR. How fast you have restored the RRI could never be the parameter to judge the efficiency of the Division’s performance.  Being self-assured and assertive is acceptable, but when it comes to public services, being  so much confident without being aggressive in efficiency aspects is unpardonable.  Not only the RRI incident, various minor scale technical glitches on the Division are on high side in the recent past, operating efficiency overall has come down drastically, internal politics in the work force are becoming disastrous impediments for proper administrative and operational efficiency in the workforce related areas which clearly speaks about workforce mismanagement; DAR Cases are on the rise in the Division, leave alone the twin train disaster on the Railway Bridge that took toll of more than 30 people in the dark mid night due to bridge collapsing – all which put together unarguably speaks about the efficiency of workforce, officials, and its key decision-making leadership who all lacked proper dynamism and smart functional capabilities put together.

Railway Ministry’s claim that “minutes before the bogies of the twin trains derailed near Harda in MP, Pawan Express had crossed the same bridge and hence there is no fault on part of Railways” is not essentially an proper assertion – an act of resorting to ‘all-normal’ philosophy.  It would be pertinent to mention here that the Engineering branch had not even identified the bridge location could be vulnerable and will be prone to any untoward/worst climatic situations, despite importantly being located in the downstream stretches of a large reservoir and catchment areas in the vicinity.

Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha, said there was no physical evidence of any tampering. He said before bogies of the two trains derailed, Pawan Express had crossed the same railway culvert. “Due to heavy downpour the soil under the track got washed away resulting into the accident”, he said.

Knowing the loose soil conditions in that particular stretch of Bhopal Division, he should also explain why his bunch of laggards failed to analyse the same.  Surprisingly, there is no history of examining any proposal on role of geosynthetics in soil strengthening in such vulnerable localities in Bhopal Division by the Engineering Branch.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu have said that Harda train accident was a natural calamity caused by heavy rains, adding that the Commissioner of Railway Safety will investigate it in detail the reasons behind the mishap, he told newspersons in the presence of MOSR Manoj Sinha, and other senior railway officials, who failed to reach the accident site in Harda due to heavy rains, as they claim.  However Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who returned from Harda and met Suresh Prabhu and Manoj Sinha at Bhopal, said weather condition in Harda had worsened so much that the chopper could not land in the town or nearby. How can a common man buy this irresponsible statement by the Railway Minister himself?

Rejecting allegations about railway’s fault, Prabhu said he was waiting for the investigation report. However Suresh Prabhu should remember that he is easily falling in the clever trap of Railway Board official versions, which are wrong and unforgivable. Suresh Prabhu must remember that he is getting estranged from NDA’s core agenda of improving/revamping Railway System as a whole due to such comments.

Around 23 million people use the railway network each day and this makes it imperative that modernisation is an ongoing process. Lack of sufficient budget is a valid reason, but this can be remedied if the government is ready to bite the political bullet.

The answer lies in raising passenger fares at periodic intervals and not just freight charges. But passenger fare is a political hot potato and one which is perceived as having the potential to alienate voters if hiked now and again. It is no secret that vast tracts of tracks are outdated and pose a danger to traffic.

Level-crossings are often not manned and coaches lack fire safety measures. The skills of the huge workforce, which run the railways, too must be upgraded along with the infrastructure. The railways has, by the admission of successive ministers, large reserves of real estate. These have to be put to productive use or disposed off to raise revenues.

In keeping with the government’s push for Digital India, what the railways urgently need is better technology. This can prevent so many man-made errors. This can be used for early warning about dangers on the tracks, oncoming rail traffic and smoother coordination in the huge and sprawling network.

It is true that in recent years, ticketing has improved by leaps and bounds, thanks to technology. But alongside, there have been allegations of the tracks being damaged due to reckless overloading of freight.

A thorough overhaul of the tracks should be the first priority now that two accidents have happened, and so many lives lost, simply because of poor maintenance. The on-again, off-again proposal to privatise sections of the railways should be examined afresh as this might relieve some of the load on the government and improve services.

Unlike in previous mishaps, this time around, the authorities have launched rescue and relief operations promptly. But once this incident has ceased to be news, plans to minimise such mishaps should not get derailed as has happened in the past.

Deadly Derailment of Two Trains presents the Sorry Dichotomy of India’s Rail Ambitions

A man-made tragedy?

The deadly derailment of two trains in Madhya Pradesh presents the sorry dichotomy that marks India’s rail ambitions: the inability to run a safe, dependable and comfortable railway system on the one hand, and aspirations to move to flashy bullet trains on the other. It may be argued that, prima facie, negligence on the part of the railways was not responsible for the horror that visited the Janta Express bound for Mumbai and the Kamayani Express proceeding to Varanasi.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has said preliminary information pointed to floodwaters from a dam washing tracks away. If that is true, what becomes evident is the absence of a safety protocol to handle operations during extreme weather, particularly at vulnerable points such as bridges — of which there are over 35,000 that are over a hundred years old in the railway system. It is imperative that the government pays sufficient attention to the question, and institute a specialist safety agency of the kind suggested by the Kakodkar Committee, tasked with the preparation of a time-bound action plan to avert derailments and collisions. In the current year, up to June 2015, there have been 15 derailments, and the numbers have shown a rising trend over the last couple of years.

Though the minister of state for railways said it was an act of nature many questions are being asked, one of them being whether the tragedy was manmade. Indian Railways does not have a good track record with regard to maintenance. Nothing much seems to have changed on this score since the new government came in; there has been more talk of wi-fi and five-star packaged food and other such amenities. Some of the people interviewed at the site said the government focuses only on trains like the Shatabdi and Rajdhani, patronised by the well-off, and “leaves the others to God”. If there is any truth in this, the rail minister should change this perception. Till then we have to wait to know, especially about when these particular tracks were last examined.

As the national mobility lifeline — used heavily by the ‘uncomplaining millions’ as Mahatma Gandhi called less affluent passengers — it is vital for the railways to make safety the top operational priority. The Kakodkar Committee concluded that with constant pressure on finances, maintenance of infrastructure has been hit. To serve the objective better, the mechanism to review safety should be made statutorily independent. Design of coaches plays an important part in reducing death and disability due to accidents; India’s train coaches, however, are far from modern, leave alone being world-class; they require a paradigm shift in terms of ergonomics, use of materials and build quality. In a fast-developing country with an enormous reserve of manpower, modernising on a short time-scale should not be difficult.

On the question of safety, it needs to be emphasised that the railways cannot exist in a vacuum. State governments must bear responsibility for the safety and monitoring of the physical terrain through which trains run, and be prepared to handle disasters. The decision to release water from a dam, for instance, cannot be taken without heed to the downstream consequences. Again, accident victims must have access to medical facilities. But, prolonged neglect of the public health system in most States offers little hope that things can be turned around quickly. These derailments once again turn the spotlight on many things that are wrong and need urgent attention.

Twin Train Derailments in Harda: Loco Pilots of earlier trains didn’t detect any problem

Harda accident site twinHarda (HD): Railways today ordered an inquiry into the twin train derailments in Harda in Madhya Pradesh which have left 27 passengers dead and ordered compensation for the families of the victims.

Commissioner Railway Safety (Central Zone) will conduct an inquiry into the accidents, Railway Spokesperson Anil Saxena said.
He said though prime facie flash floods caused the derailment of these two trains, the real cause will be ascertained after the submission of the inquiry report.
The official said just eight minutes before the accident, two trains had crossed that section and drivers of these trains did not detect any problem.
The spokesperson said that rescue operations at the site are almost over.
Appreciating the efforts of villagers near the accident spot, he said they reached the site first and assisted in the relief and rescue operations.
Accident relief train equipped with doctors, paramedics and medicines is at the spot. As the condition of roads is bad due to incessant rains, it took some time for rescue teams to reach the accident site.

Sudden Flow of Flash Flood waters on the Tracks caused the Derailment of twin trains near Harda: CRB

We are gearing up all possible help, though darkness and water logging are creating hurdles. But, we will not spare any efforts. We have rushed emergency medical and other relief personnel to the spot: said Railway Minister in a statement

harda twin train mishap site3Harda (HD): Railways has said that the sudden flow of water on the tracks caused the derailment of the two trains while they were crossing the swollen Machak river near Harda in Madhya Pradesh.

“According to reports, there was a possible burst in a nearby dam which caused sudden flow of water on the tracks and that resulted in the derailment,” Railway Board Chairman AK Mittal told.

harda twin train mishap siteSeveral passengers have been rescued and sent to the nearest station, he said. Mr Mittal said the Railways will enquire into the two derailments.

“We will call for an inquiry into the incidents and will also take remedial measures to prevent such incidents in future,” he said.

harda twin train mishapMeanwhile, Railway Board member (traffic) Kundan Sinha said, “the tracks have been breached because of the flow of excessive water and the particular section has been closed for any train movement.”

“The accident relief train has reached the spot and several passengers have been brought to a nearby station,” Mr Sinha added.

Railways on Wednesday announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakhs to the next of the kin of the deceased while Rs 50,000 will be awarded to grievously injured and 25,000 for minor injuries.

harda twin train mishap site2Kamayani Express enroute to Varanasi from Mumbai derailed near Harda, about 160 kms from Bhopal, and the Mumbai-Jabalpur Janata Express derailed around 11.30 PM on Tuesday.

The derailment took place near Khirkiya and Harda station on Machak river.

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MP Train Tragedy: Modi extends condolences to family of deceased

New Delhi: Expressing shock and grief over the twin rail accidents in Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday extended his condolences to the family of the deceased.

Modi also hoped that adequate relief and rescue was being undertaken by the authorities concerned appropriately in time.

At least 28 people have died after two passenger trains, Kamayani Express and Janata Express, derailed within minutes of each other while crossing flooded tracks in Madhya Pradesh last night.

Several NDRF teams have been rushed to the site of the derailment to carry out relief and rescue operations.

Army Corps work on restoration of Jodhpur-Bhuj railway line

Jodhpur: Army engineers have launched an elaborate effort for restoration of railway services between Jodhpur in Rajasthan and Bhuj in Gujarat which are badly affected due to flash floods caused by torrential rains last week.

The railway line connecting Jodhpur and Bhuj with a daily traffic of 12 passenger and 45 goods trains, was rendered dysfunctional between Dhanera and Ramsan due to soil erosion caused by incessant rain.

The state authorities from Gujarat and Rajasthan had requisitioned services of the army for rescue and relief operations in the flood hit northern Gujarat and southern Rajasthan. A number of columns with specialized equipment and trained manpower have since been pressed into service with the exercise being monitored by top authorities at the command headquarters in Pune.

Two engineer task forces from the Konark corps were mobilized from Jodhpur and Udaipur to restore the severely damaged rail line connecting Jodhpur and Bhuj. The engineers responded to the emergency swiftly moving through the night from far off military station and have started the restoration work. The work involves moving huge quality of earth to plug the breach.

Precautionary Steps put in place by East Coast Railway due to rains

Bhubaneswar (BBS): In order to minimise the effects of heavy rains and safe running of trains, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) has planned precautionary steps.

General Manager, ECoR, Rajiv Vishnoi has directed officials to be on full alert towards any incident caused by the rains and flood situation near tracks for safety of passengers and smooth train operations.

16mumrain“We have taken all precautionary measures prior to the onset of monsoon. The catch water drains and side drains have been cleared of silt, vegetation and other obstructions to ensure free flow of rain water. The waterways of bridges have been cleared of vegetation and other obstructions,” a senior railway official said.

Full Supply Level (FSL) of canals and Danger Level (DL) in case of bridges have been painted with bright red band across each pier adjacent to the abutments to make them clearly visible to the patrolmen, stationery watchman and Drivers, he said.

Arrangements have also been made not to allow water to stagnate on the tracks. In station yards, the drains have been cleared, he said.

Instructions have been issued that during heavy rains, the sectional gangmen would organise patrolling of tracks to make sure that the tracks were safe for passage of trains and ensure protection at all locations, divisional officials said.

Arrangements have been made to stock sufficient quantities of monsoon reserve material like boulders, sand, cinder, quarry dust and ballast at identified locations. The engineering relief vans and their equipments were kept ready.

This apart, the ECoR was in constant touch with the IMD and on getting weather alerts, proper mobilisation was being done, they said.

ECoR control office, which works round-the-clock, was keeping close liaison with Met Department and Disaster Management Cell, the officials added.

3200 trains cancelled, 50000 tickets refunded by Indian Railways since June 17 due to RRI/Itarsi Fire mishap

Trains operated by various Zonal Railways across India are failing to maintain their time schedules even a month after the fire accident that destroyed the Route Relay Interlocking System at the Itarsi Railway Station in Madhya Pradesh last month – perhaps one of the biggest crisis of such magnitude ever faced by a Railway system across the world in the recent past!

New Delhi: Indian Railways train services operated by various Zonal Railways across the country are failing to maintain their time schedules even a month after a fire destroyed a RRI signaling system at the Itarsi railway station in Madhya Pradesh.

On June 17, a fire broke out in the Indian Railways route relay interlocking (RRI) cabin at Itarsi, sparking off one of country’s biggest transportation crisis.

Nearly 3,200 trains have been cancelled since June 17, resulting in 50,000 ticket refunds per day, causing massive revenue losses to an already fund-starved state-run Indian Railways network.

“A team of 950 engineers under the leadership of 50 officials are on the repair job,” said Piyush Mathur, chief spokesperson, WCR. “Our officers have been working day and night and we are trying our best to get the job done before the deadline. But given the nature of complications and the job, it is not possible to say anything conclusively.”

Ankit Jain, a passenger, said, “People are facing a lot of problems due to the delay in trains. The biggest issue is that they have not been able to fix the signal system even after a month. It means if such a problem were to arise in another city, India would come to standstill.”

“We have to unnecessarily pay hotel bills, lodging and family face problems and our work gets delayed,” added Ajay Kumar, another passenger.

Defending the work ethic of the Indian Railways, Shailesh Khandelwal, a senior official, said, “It is an unprecedented accident. All the departments of the railway are working round the clock in tandem to restore the system. We are trying to fix this problem as soon as possible so that passengers don’t have to face many problems. I think that it will be restored within three to four days.”

Around 275 Indian Railways trains pass through Itarsi daily to connect north, central and western India.

IR incurred Rs.1200 Crore Loss on Cancellations/Late running of trains due to Itarsi RRI Fire Tragedy

Itarsi (ET): Even after a lapse of about 24 days, normal rail traffic under the five divisions of East Central Railway (ECR), which was disrupted due to fire at the Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) system at Itarsi Junction under West Central Railway in Madhya Pradesh on June 17, is yet to be restored. Railways has incurred a loss of about Rs 1,200 crore so far due to cancellation and abnormal late running of passenger trains, a Railway Board official said.

The official said the incident could have been averted had there been smoke detector device in the RRI system. “Perhaps this is the first such incident which has virtually paralysed both passenger and goods train movement either passing through or originating from Itarsi Junction. The exact loss of railway revenue can be assessed only after normalization of traffic movement,” he said, adding full restoration of RRI system at Itarsi is now the top priority for the railways.

The railways has requisitioned the services of technical experts and personnel from other zones to expedite restoration work of the RRI system, the official said. Work has been going on round-the-clock under the direct supervision of Railway Board officials who are camping at the site for about a fortnight, he said.

ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak said as many as 61 trains have been affected under the ECR due to the RRI system snag. While 27 trains remain cancelled, seven trains have been diverted to other routes. The ECR has suffered a huge loss by way of cancellation of trains as well as refund of tickets. It is making all efforts to provide alternative train services to stranded passengers in Bihar by running special trains, he said.

According to sources, about 300 passenger and 25 goods trains pass through Itarsi Junction every day. Under a temporary arrangement, railways is allowing 110 passenger trains to pass through Itarsi Junction daily now. Operation of these trains is being done manually. Meanwhile, railways has introduced a new system to give information to people about cancellation or late running of passenger trains via Itarsi on www.railyatri.in site, they said.

Railways yet to find solution to avoid Itarsi-like situation

Indian Railways, though been able to meet the challenges developing out of the damage of the Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) system panel due to a major fire incident at the Itarsi Junction, is yet to find a solution to avoid a similar incident in the near future. The Railways engaged more than 1,000 engineers, technicians and staff, who worked round the clock to bring on track 85 per cent of rail traffic within three days.

Itarsi RRI Fire Accident likely to inflict a Loss of Rs.1000 Crore to Indian Railways until System is restored

New Delhi: A major fire that destroyed the route relay interlocking (RRI) cabin at Itarsi railway station on could have been avoided if a smoke detector been installed, railway officials said.

The railways is likely to incur a loss of more than Rs 1,000 crore until the signalling system is restored by July 22, an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to discuss the matter with the media, told.

“This is an estimated loss. It could either go up or come down.” The movement of trains was badly affected in Bhopal division of West Central Railway after signalling system collapsed following a fire in RRI cabin of the station – one of the biggest railway junctions in the country.

The movement more than 180 trains to major cities of the country via Itarsi, about 90km from Bhopal have been hit hard since the June 17 fire that completely destroyed the signalling system, The signalling system since the fire was being handled manually, officials said.

On Thursday, a near mishap was averted when a train was diverted to platform number 6 which had an open-end line instead of platform number 4, they said.

RRI cabin officials and several other employees and officials of Signalling and Telecommunication (S&T) manning the system confirmed that there was no smoke detector in the cabin. “Had a smoke detector been installed in the room, it would have sounded an alert and the fire could have been doused before it damaged the entire system,” said a senior officer from SNT department of Bhopal rail division, requesting anonymity.

The damage could have been avoided if the Railways authorities had installed a smoke detector at the RRI. The authorities never bothered to install it in the last 34 years since the RRI was set up in 1981, some of them said.

Commissioner of Railway safety Chetan Bakshi said it was an incident which could have taken place anywhere. “Such incidents could be avoided with certain measures. If a smoke detector was not installed at the time of construction of the RRI it can be installed any time,” he said.

DRM/Bhopal Alok Kumar, who has been camping in Itarsi and monitoring the restoration work denied that there was any negligence on the railways part, saying the signalling system was being replaced with a new one and more than 95% of the wiring work had been completed.

DRM/Bhopal Mr.Alok Kumar inspecting new route relay interlocking cabin in Itarsi which is being set up after old RRI collapsed due to fire
DRM/Bhopal Mr.Alok Kumar inspecting new route relay interlocking cabin in Itarsi which is being set up after old RRI collapsed due to fire

“We will restore the entire system by July 22. For the new RRI, we have to develop 30 new turnouts (points). Officials are working on a war footing to restore the signalling system,” he said.

Liliya-Savarkundla Rail track restored – Pipavav Port begins Operations

Pipavav: Restoration of the badly-damaged railway track that connects Pipavav Port with Surendranagar began on Sunday. However, work was halted temporarily by people of Borala and Juna Savar villages of Savarkundla. They were demanding construction of a bridge there as the elevated tracks were obstructing the natural flow of rain water.

The 4km long track between Liliya and Savarkundla, which was washed away during flash floods last week, is key to resuming rail traffic from Pipavav Port to Surendranagar and north Indian states. The tracks have been laid on an elevated land about 10 feet higher than the ground level of these villages.

On Sunday, as soon as railway authorities began restoration work people from Borala and Juna Savar villages rushed to the spot and said they would not allow them to work unless they build an overbridge there.

“Because of the tracks, natural flow of flood water was obstructed causing flooding in Borala and Juna Savar. We demand that the authority construct a bridge so that flood waters can flow,” Kamlesh Kanani, a resident of Juna Savar village told.

Following the protest, railway authorities assured villagers that they will find out a solution and work resumed at the site. “We have assured villagers of a solution. We will put up pipes under the track to drain rain water as an alternate arrangement for now,” Jyoti Prakash Pandey, divisional railway manager at Bhavnagar, told media persons.

Railway officials however said that the construction of a bridge will take long time and requires many permissions and sanctions from the higher authority.

Meanwhile, AP Moller-Maersk group company Gujarat Pipavav Port on Sunday said in an official release that it had resumed port operations.

Last week, the port operations were suspended due to the cyclonic weather conditions and breakdown of power supply and communication.

“Certain sections of the railway line connecting Pipavav to Surendranagar have been damaged causing suspension of rail movement to and from the port. Port officials along with Indian Railways are working round the clock to resume the rail movement at the earliest,” the company said.

Over 5,000 containers have piled up at the port as they need to be transported by road.

Crater between tracks derails Central Railway services in Mumbai

A deep crater was formed in between two tracks on the Kalyan-Ambernath section in the wee hours due to heavy rains. Railway staffers filled the ballast to carry out settlement of tracks at the spot. The Up line services were restored gradually after 8 am while the work on Down services continued for some time.
A deep crater was formed in between two tracks on the Kalyan-Ambernath section in the wee hours due to heavy rains. Railway staffers filled the ballast to carry out settlement of tracks at the spot. The Up line services were restored gradually after 8 am while the work on Down services continued for some time

Mumbai: A deep crater was formed in between two railway tracks on the Kalyan-Ambernath section in the wee hours due to heavy rains which resulted in trains running late on the Central Railway early Friday morning and inconvenienced scores of office-goers, specially from far flung suburbs. It not only affected suburban services but also long distance trains to Pune, Bengaluru — which had to take a long detour via Diva and Panvel to reach Karjat.

Officials said that the crater was detected in between tracks on the Kalyan-Ambernath section around 6.25am. “The crater was formed due to heavy rains in the area. Fortunately it was detected and train services were stopped so that there was no untoward incident/mishap,” an official stated. Due to track resettlement between Kalyan and Ambernath early on Friday morning and the subsequent disruption in suburban services, the Central Railway has also decided to divert six long distance trains.

Railway staffers filled the ballast to carry out settlement of tracks at the spot. The Up line services were restored gradually after 8 am while the work on Down services continued for some time. Those staying in Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Badlapur were badly hit.

While a few suburban trains were cancelled, commuters were largely inconvenienced due to delays and crowds on platforms between Kalyan and Ghatkopar. The trains arrived 20 to 30 minutes behind schedule. Commuters were seen fuming at Ambernath and Badlapur railway stations where they complained about no proper announcement by CR railway about cancellation of services.

Some got off trains which were stranded on tracks and walked to the nearest station. Others complained of missing important meetings for the day. “I had a client meeting at 10 am in BKC. I left my home early so I could reach the office early. But because of the train problem, I have missed the crucial meeting and my client will now be out of town for two weeks. This is frustrating,” said Naresh Chaudhari (25) whose train was stuck near Ambarnath station.

“Train disruptions happen very regularly on the Central Railway and it affects our jobs as we are reaching late in the morning. Also, this monsoon, there have been a series of disruptions,” pointed out Kalyan resident Santosh Rai.

The long distance trains that took a detour in the morning were CST-Pune Intercity Express, LTT-Vishakapatnam Express, CST-Pune Deccan Express, CST-Bengaluru Udyan Express, Hubli Express and CST-Kolhapur Koyna Express. The KDMT ran 21 special buses for the convenience of rail commuters who were stranded.

Pipavav Port shut as Railway track washed away

Pipavav: Cargo handling at Pipavav port in Gujarat’s Amreli district has come to a standstill after large portion of the main railway line connecting the port to northern India was washed away in the Wednesday’s flash floods.

All the operations at the port run by the Danish APM Terminals have been halted and railway officials said that it will take at least three weeks for the railway track to be repaired.

Thousands of containers, majority of them, bound for northern states, have piled up at the port.

A four-km long portion of the broad-gauge line between Dhola and Pipavav was washed away in the flood. The port is connected to northern India by a 269-km Surendranagar-Pipavav broad-gauge line, which also runs double-stack container trains. A major portion of it passes through Amreli which was devastated by the floods.

In an internal advisory to the importers and exporters, APM Terminals said: “Preliminary estimates to rectify and operationalize the damaged sections of the railway line is three weeks.”

“We have started the restoration work to resume the train services. If all goes well, the goods train services to Pipavav will resume next week,” Mashooq Ahmed, Divisional Commercial Manager, Bhavnagar Railway Division, told.

Sources in the railways said the restoration will take more time as entire area is filled with muck and even earthmovers are finding it difficult to move. “Moreover, if there are more rains, the work will be delayed further,” another official said.

The situation at the port is likely to worsen as a dozen vessels are scheduled to berth next week.

Officials said that they were making alternate arrangements to transport the containers via road to their respective destinations.

“The paper work for changing the mode of transport will take some time. This will delay the movement of cargo,” said an official of the Port.

Industry sources said that transporting cargo by road will be more time consuming and also escalate the cost of transportation.

Heavy rains in Kashmir bring trains to a halt – Banihal-Qazigund rail service suspended

Srinagar: The heavy rainfall has caused flooding of tracks leading to the suspension of rail services between Banihal area of Jammu and Qazigund belt of Kashmir Valley, rail officials said. Kashmir is on flood alert after the Jhelum crossed the danger mark earlier on Wednesday.  Rail service between Banihal and Qazigund was suspended on Thursday after railway track was damaged by water logging near Hillar. Over one dozen landslides and shooting stone incidents blocked the highway after heavy overnight rains, reports said.

RRI Fire incident at Itarsi Jn. inflicts a loss of over Rs.200 Crore to Indian Railways

Major Fire mishap at Route Relay Inter-locking Cabin at Itarsi Junction last week inflicted a lost of Rs.200 Crore to Indian Railways

rri itarsi in fireNew Delhi: Indian Railways is likely to suffer a loss of about Rs 200 crore with services of more than 380 trains being affected due to recent major fire at Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) cabin at Itarsi station.

The railways have started to inform passengers about the status of affected trains through SMS. Passengers with confirmed tickets of a cancelled train would get a message about cancellation of their train on their mobile phones. It will take about 35 days to restore the normalcy on the section as the RRI room has been gutted, Railway Board Member (Traffic) Ajay Shukla said here on Friday after returning from Itarsi.

The fire inflicted huge damage to the operation room, indication panel and wiring system.”Since Itarsi junction is centrally located, trains coming from all directions are being disrupted. Now the operation is managed manually, as a result many trains are running late, affecting the punctuality,” Shukla said.

men at rri fireMany trains were cancelled while some have to be diverted. Services of about 200 passenger trains were affected and about 100 freight trains were diverted due to the fire, causing loss to the public transporter.

According to a senior Railway Ministry official, since it will take more than a month to restore normalcy, it is estimated that railways will suffer loss of about Rs 200 crore during this period. Though investigation was on to ascertain the exact cause of fire, electrical fault was suspected for the incident.

RRI is a system by which all the signals and the points or crossings which are used for changing of routes at junction station are operated centrally from a cabin through electrical devices. Divisional officers are camping at the site to manage the situation.

Business Intelligence! Itarsi RRI Fire helps Airline industry hike North bound air fares up

New Delhi: Air fares have gone up on Mumbai-Delhi, Chennai-Delhi, Hyderabad-Delhi, Bangalore-Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram-Delhi sectors as Railways have cancelled many trains to Delhi and a few other destinations in the north in the wake of fire accident in the Route Relay Interlocking Cabin at Itarsi railway station that which has thrown Rail traffic out of gear and into disarray on one of the major railway junctions in the country.

Southern Railway has cancelled Chennai-Delhi and Delhi-Chennai Grand Trunk express trains on Monday and Hazrat Nizamuddin-Madurai Sampark Kranti bi-weekly express on Tuesday as normal traffic has not been restored via Itarsi. The Lucknow-Chennai Central bi-weekly express scheduled to depart on Monday and a Jaipur-Chennai train scheduled to reach the city on Sunday have also been cancelled.

This has pushed up air fares by more than 50% as there is a temporary demand for air tickets from travelers who cannot cancel their trips. A one-way ticket is selling at Rs 8,500 when it should be only Rs 4,000 to Delhi in the economy class. Travellers from Lucknow and Jaipur will have to fly via Delhi to reach destinations like Chennai, Secunderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and Thiruvananthapuram.

Travellers who have been affected because of the disruption in train services include students who had booked their travel in advance for admission in different colleges.

A senior railway official said that the cancellation would affect future services as rakes would be stuck at either of the destination stations. “It will take a day or two for the services to come back to normal,” he added.

Basheer Ahmed of Metro Travels said that “As there is not much of a demand for seats in June and July, arlines have sold most of their seats by floating special discounts and offers. The temporary surge in demand has come at a time when most of the seats have been sold and discounts have been withdrawn. This has pushed up the prices.”

“When the offers were running, fares were in the range of Rs 4,000 to 5,000 for one way. Now, it has gone up above Rs 8,000. Fares are high now because seats are less,” he added.

As fire in the route relay interlocking cabin has affected signaling system at Itarsi railway station, more than 500 trains passing through Bhopal division of West Central Railway were cancelled since last one week and more than 200 trains have been cancelled for next three days. Most of the trains that travel from southern India to the north pass through this major railway junction.

Itarsi station to get new Route Relay Interlocking system by July 22

Itarsi: Fire that broke out at the Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) at the Itarsi railway junction in Madhya Pradesh on June 17, has affected the services of around 200 trains daily and it would take around 35 days to commission a new panel system. Railway Board Member (Traffic) Ajay Shukla told mediapersons today that the incident is the biggest in the history of Railways. The fire incident has affected the services of trains of the north-south and the east-west routes. He said around hundred points and as many number of signals are operated from the RRI panel of the important junction of Itarsi. The fire has damaged the entire wiring system of the panel. He said that the biggest challenge was restoring the services of the trains at the junction. Some long distance trains route have been diverted. The junction which use to see around 200 trains — both passenger and goods daily — can now handle some 70 mail and passengers trains and around 20 goods train that carry essential commodities. Terming the damage caused to the RRI by fire as extensive, Shukla said the commissioning of a new panel will take around 35 days and by July 22, the new panel is expected to be set up. The panel was set up in 1980 and had already crossed its life of 30 years. Work has been started forsetting up of a new panel at the station. It may be mentioned that a major fire broke out at the Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) at the Itarsi Railway Junction on Wednesday causing massive damage and disrupting rail traffic.

Rain grinds Mumbai to a halt; Rail commuters stranded, face horrid time

Mumbai: Nearly 75 lakh commuters who use Mumbai’s local trains each day were badly hit as heavy overnight rain in Mumbai and its suburbs threw rail services out of gear.

Commuters reported water logging at many places such as Kurla, Tilak Nagar, Chembur, Vidya Vihar and Matunga train services were suspended on Central Railway’s main line between Mumbai CST and Thane, and between Mumbai CST and Mankhurd on the harbour line.

On the Western Railway, the overflowing Dharawi Nallah resulted in water logging at Matunga Road station, suspending suburban services between Andheri and Churchgate.

“Long distance trains are going only up to Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and not to Mumbai CST and Dadar,” tweeted Narendra Patil, Chief Public Relations Officer Central Railway.

Most offices reported thin attendance with people staying home. The Railways issued an advisory that commuters travel only in case of emergency. Meanwhile, a high tide hit the city at 2 p.m.

Cancellations galore

Many long distance trains arriving/departing Mumbai were short terminated / cancelled/ re-scheduled.

Trains whose journey commenced on Friday, such as the Deccan Express, Mumbai-Pune inter-city express, Mumbai-Pune Indrayani express, Pune-Solapur inter-city express, Solapur-Pune inter-city express, Pune-Mumbai Indrayani express, Dadar-Madgaon Janshatabdi express, Mumbai-Hazur Sahib Nanded Tapovan express and the Mumbai-Bhusaval passenger were cancelled.

Trains cancelled on Saturday, June 20 are the Madgaon-Dadar Janshatabdi express,Hazur Sahib Nanded-Mumbai Tapovan express and the Bhusaval-Mumbai passenger.

The Pune Mumbai Sinhagad Express was short terminated at Kalyan and returned to Pune via Panvel. Others that were short-terminated include Pragati Exp at Panvel, Manmad-Mumbai Panchvati Exp at Kasara; Manmad- Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) at Nasik Road; Sewagram Express at Igatpuri and Sahyadri Exp at Chinchwad near Pune. The prestigious Deccan Queen was short-terminated at Lonavala.

Heavy rains lash Mumbai; Central and Western Railway services affected

Heavy rains since Thursday night has left parts of Mumbai submerged affecting road and rail traffic bringing the city to a grinding halt. 

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Normal life in Mumbai was on Friday thrown out of gear as torrential rains battered the city and its suburbs resulting in cancellation of local train services leaving thousands of commuters stranded.

The Brihanmumbai Mumbai Municipal Corporation issued a flood alert on Friday and have advised people to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary.

A high tide of around 4.60 metres is expected around 2 pm and citizens have been instructed to avoid using roads facing the sea.

heavy rainThere seems to be no let up in the situation with the Meteorological Department predicting heavy to very heavy monsoon rains in some areas.

In the early hours, thousands of commuters leaving for offices were caught unaware on reaching the suburban railway stations as trains were being cancelled due to water-logging of tracks following heavy downpour since last night.

As services on all three railway lines–Central, Western and Harbour–were cancelled, harried commuters rushed to catch buses, taxis or any other mode of transport available to reach their destinations, which resulted in massive traffic jams at many places, exacerbated by inundation in low-lying areas.

heavy rain2With Central Railway cancelling its services on CST-Thane section on the main line and Harbour line as well, commuters got stuck at suburban platforms.

The Western Railway services which were initially running late by 10 to 15 minutes, were later cancelled.

The rains resulted in water-logging in almost all low-lying areas of Mumbai and its suburbs.

“Thane-Karjat/Kasara and Vasvhi-Panvel Shuttle services and trans-harbour services are running,” said Central Railway PRO A K Singh.

“Our supervising staff are alert and as soon water level recedes, services would be resumed,” he said.

heavy rain3According to information given by the control room of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), water-logging is reported in areas like Kurla, Chembur, Tilak Nagar, Andheri, Parel, Lower Parel, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Dombivili.

An IMD forecast at 0800 hours on Friday said, “Intermittent rains/shower would occur in the city and suburbs. Heavy to very heavy rains would occur in some areas.”

The average rainfall recorded in 24 hours ending 8 am on Friday is — City 188 mm, Eastern Suburbs 155 mm, Western Suburbs 172 mm while the high tide (4.47 metres) is expected at 2:29 pm.

According to a statement issued by BMC, as many as 120 suction pumps have been pressed into service to drain out water in low-lying areas.

heavy rain4Meanwhile, Civic Commissioner Ajoy Mehta appealed to citizens to not send their wards to school as heavy rains are predicted.

“Very heavy rains are expected today. So I have issued advisory for school children to stay at home,” he told.

Sources said long distance trains are bunched up outside Mumbai as they are not getting signal to enter the city due to water-logging.

heavy rain6“Suburban services are affected due to heavy rains and water-logging in several areas in Mumbai Central and Matunga. It is advised to all that commuters may travel only in case of emergency,” Western Railway stated in a release.
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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu orders inquiry into Itarsi Station fire

New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered a probe into the fire incident at the Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) cabin at Itarsi station in Madhya Pradesh which has severely hit Bhopal, Nagpur and Allahabad-bound rail traffic.

The fire broke out at 6 am in the RRI cabin at the station, which is one of the biggest railway junctions in the country. Fire tenders could douse the flames only by 9 am.

The fire inflicted huge damage to the operation room, indication panel and wiring system. As a result, complete train operation at Itarsi station has been disrupted, a senior Railway Ministry official said.

Mr Prabhu, who is away in Turkey to attend the G-20 meeting, tweeted:
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RRI is a system by which all the signals and the points/crossings which are used for changing of routes at junction station are operated centrally from a cabin through electrical devices.

Divisional officers have already reached the site and Railway Board Member (Traffic) Ajay Shukla along with senior signaling and operating officials has also left for the spot, the official said.

He said while full extent of the damage is being assessed, detentions of trains would take place as all the operations are now being done manually instead of through electrical devices.

The trains on the section are being cleared one-by-one. A number of trains have been diverted through alternate routes and some trains may have to be cancelled for next one or two days.

Railways have advised passengers to check status of trains before start of the journey. Refunds are being arranged for passengers of cancelled/diverted trains.

Central and Western Railways gear up to give a smooth ride in monsoon

Railways identify water-logging locations on Central Railway, Western Railway

Mumbai: The Central Railway and Western Railway have said that they are prepared for the monsoon by carrying out important tasks like cleaning of drains, lifting of tracks and improvement in signalling infrastructure.  Central and Western Railway authorities have identified vulnerable water logging locations for the upcoming monsoon and preparations to work on them have begun accordingly.

“Central Railway has identified 17 locations that are prone to water logging during heavy rains. At least 23 pumps will be provided in these areas before the onset of monsoon. The locations identified on main line are Masjid, Mazgaon Yard, Byculla, Curry Road, Sion, Kurla, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar, Nanipada, Thane, Dombivli. On the harbour line, they are Sewri, Wadala, Chunabhatti and Koparkhairane,” said an official. Western Railway has identified Marine Lines, Charni Road-Grant Road, Mumbai Central, Elphinstone Road, Dadar, Mahim, Bandra-Khar, Andheri-Jogeshwari and Nalasopara-Virar as flood-prone sections.

WR’s Chief Public Relations Officer (PRO) Sharat Chandrayan said that flood-prone areas on the section have been identified. “More attention will be paid to certain sections like stretches on Charni Road-Grant Road, Dadar, Mahim, Bandra-Khar among others which are flood-prone.”

CR’s chief PRO Narendra Patil said, “We begun removing muck, cleaning culverts and drains, trimming trees, scanning boulders and provision of pumps at locations vulnerable to water-logging.”

CR said it will provide 23 pumps at spots where water-logging is likely to happen. Also, the civic body will provide 16 pumps at 15 locations.

Railway tracks have been lifted in low-lying areas such as Churchgate Yard, Dahisar-Mira Road, Bhayander Yard and Nalasopara-Virar to prevent flooding.

Authorities are also in the process of desilting culverts and trimming trees so that disruptions during monsoon can be avoided.

WR will instal about 80 diesel pumps in vulnerable low-lying areas.

Also, to give uninterrupted signalling, 950 multi-section digital axle counters have been provided at stations on the CR main line and harbour line sections.

Both WR and CR have also carried out inspection of OHE and signalling system and rakes to prevent failure.

40 Wagons of Good Train catch Fire near Banapura on Bhopal Division

Banapura (BPF): Over 40 wagons of a goods train plying from Khandwa towards Beena caught fire on Sunday. The driver of the 58-wagon goods train was informed about the incident, when gatemen of Banapura’s gate number 218 and 219 stopped the train by showing them red coloured flags and informed the railway station master of the incident.

The on-fire goods train was stopped at 1pm at Banapura Railway Station’s down track. The coal on the goods train kept burning, but the railway administration did not do anything to put off the fire.

Three fire extinguishing brigades from Seoni Malwa, one from Itarasi and one from Timarani stood at the spot for hours waiting for Railway’s direction.

However the Railway administration swung to action three hours after the incident and the railway workers came to the spot and asked the driver to detach the wagons from the engine and bring the goods train to the rake point and extinguish the fire. Fire brigades coming from three cities extinguished the fire in the coal loaded wagon.

Hyd Metro has no chances of being affected by a high intensity earthquake as each pillar includes Seismic Arrester

Hyderabad: In case Hyderabad is hit by a high intensity earthquake the chances of the Metro Rail being affected is zero, as each pillar of the rail has been installed with seismic arresters.

These expensive devices are installed at the top of every pillar. Metro rail will be the first project in the state to have seismic arresters. Experts from Delhi, with vast experience in Indian Railways and Metro strongly suggested to the Hyderabad Metro Rail to install the seismic arresters though it adds to the cost of the project. The arresters are being installed along the three corridors to withstand earthquakes or tremors.

The seismic arresters are being presently installed on the following corridors, Corridor-1 from Miyapur-L.B. Nagar (29 km) and Corridor-II from Jubilee Bus Station to Falaknuma (15 km).

HMR managing director,  N.V.S. Reddy said, “The name itself explains the device, these seismic arresters are installed on the top (centre) of the pillar and it arrests the via duct. Though each via duct looks independent, they are connected through a rod, which will not allow the via duct to be affected even in case of extreme earthquakes. Hyderabad does not fall under high intensity zone but to be on the safe side the arresters have been installed, as earthquakes are a phenomenon that cannot be predicted.”

According to experts, the twin cities that are Hyderabad and Secunderabad are located in a zone that can be hit by earthquake measuring 4.5 to 5.0 on the Richter Scale. This natural disaster can occur but any tremors measuring between 5.8 and 6 on the eastern side can affect the twin cities, particularly in areas like Jubilee Hills and Banjara Hills (these areas are prone to minor tremors). But earthquake occurrences are rare in Hyderabad (low density). The city witnessed minor earthquakes in 1982 and 1983.

Delhi, Kolkata feel the tremors in cars, homes, Metro

New Delhi: Stuck in a massive traffic jam under a flyover in the national capital, Upasana Chandra thought she was feeling unwell when she felt her car was moving even while the engine was off. But, before she could think any further, a swarm of people started running on the road shouting “earthquake, earthquake”.

“I felt like my head was spinning, but with the people running around within seconds knew it was an earthquake. Then I felt like I was trapped with no possible escape and looking at the quake’s intensity I thought the flyover would fall,” Chandra, who works in Noida, told.

Like the 27-year-old corporate professional, many Delhiites felt the tremors that shook the national capital and other parts of the country after a massive earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richer Scale struck Nepal.

For correspondent Sahana Ghosh, several feet beneath the ground, in India’s oldest metro rail system, the Kolkata Metro, the doors refused to shut.

“The train didn’t move. Like me, most of the regular commuters took it as just another technical snag. But panic soon spread like wildfire as the public announcement system blared out at us to exit… there had been an earthquake,” she said.

“An ordinary, sleepy Saturday had suddenly turned extra-ordinary.

“While some still stood resolute on the platforms waiting for things to go back to normal, most made a mad rush for the staircase. As if on cue, cell phones buzzed and rang. Near and dear ones were calling up.

“Then the phones went dead. The mad dash towards the exits was exacerbated as reality sunk in.

“Some tried to push and shove and make their way up the stairs, bypassing the screaming children and worried mothers.

“Thankfully, some officials and responsible citizens, shouted at the crowd to not panic. After several such calls, the evacuation process was more or less controlled. People consoled each other. Out on the ground, the streets (Middleton Row, Jawaharlal Nehru Road) were choc a bloc with people. Some were in their office wear, most in their casuals and night wear.

“Everybody was visibly shaken,” Ghosh said.

In Delhi, Mohona Mukhuty, 36, told that she felt the earthquake while she was getting her daughter dressed for school.

“I was standing on the floor and dressing up my daughter who was on the bed and suddenly felt the floor moving. First, I thought I am unwell, but immediately realized it was an earthquake. I picked up my child and ran downstairs without taking my phone and shutting the door. When I reached down, I saw all my neighbours downstairs,” she told.

The earthquake struck at 11.41 a.m. India time and claimed at least over 500 lives and left many bloodied. Several buildings collapsed, flights got cancelled, roads developed cracks and phone lines got snapped due to the earthquake. In India, seven people died due to the quake.

Many rushed out of their offices across the city when they felt the tremors.

“I was in a meeting at work when all the television sets in my office started swinging! I think it was as bad a tremor as the one that was felt during the Bhuj earthquake in 2001. All of us ran downstairs and saw many others from our building already there,” Dev Khanna, 31, told.

Following the tremors, the Delhi Metro also first stopped the train services from 11.42 a.m. to 11.52 a.m. and then due to the repeat tremors at 12.18 p.m., the services were again stopped from 12.18 p.m. to 12.23 p.m.

“I was in the Metro on a bridge between Pragati Maidan and Indraprastha stations when I first felt the tremor. The train was immediately halted as it was shaking really badly. I first thought that the movement was because of a train passing on the next train, but turned out it was a massive earthquake,” Jerin George, 28, an advertising professional told. Today was the most perceptible earthquake that I have ever felt in my almost five-year stay in Delhi. I was getting late and was waiting for the Metro at Rajiv Chowk station to reach Noida Sector-16 when I first felt the tremors.

“The tremors were so strong that I felt, somebody pushed me. I felt the ground was moving, platform timer was swinging and the name plate of the station was shaking. When my friend told me that it was an earthquake, some of the people started laughing at us. I prayed to god and grabbed my handbag to rush outside the metro station, while moving out I had to persuade some commuters to move out. They said the tremors have subsided and there was no need to move and panic.

“The tremors subsided later but I was aware it would be followed by aftershocks. However, I took the metro which came after a gap of 15 minutes. The Metro was moving very slowly as a precautionary measure. Due to fear, I got down at Noida Sector-15 instead of Sector-16 and found hundreds of people standing on streets. They said they felt the tremors twice and refused to resume work.

“I waited for five minutes outside my office before entering it. Of course, I saw the TV and came to know that the epicentre was in Nepal. The earthquake was fairly massive – 7.5 on Richter scale. I understood my home state Bihar must have suffered more damage from the earthquake as it is near to the epicentre.

“Anyway, the whole thing was quite an experience,” Deo said.

Cyclone Nilofar: Western Railways sets up Emergency Cell, Helpline

अहमदाबाद Ahmedabad (ADI): Western Railways – Wide arrangements are being made to deal with the cyclone Nilofar probably which is likely to hit the Ahmedabad Division Kutch – Saurashtra region, all the stations have been put on alert. Adequate supply and storage of electricity and drinking water is ensured. Extensive arrangements for the safety of life and property have been made.

Elaborate arrangements are made to remove the obstacle, if any, on track. The continuous patrolling staff have been deployed to monitor the track which will be equipped with communication facilities. To ensure communications, comprehensive arrangements have been made to deal with the emergency circumstances.

Comprehensive arrangements have been made in case of announcement for affected passengers. Arrangements of providing accurate information of passenger trains, late running / arrival and cancellation have been made.

Western railway Ahmedabad division has assigned emergency room & help line numbers as well which are as follows.

  1. Satellite Phone: 00873-764101881, Fax: 00873-764101882
  2. Control Room Ahmedabad- 079-22204684
  3. Controller Ahmedabad- 079-22204010, 22204884 (M) 9724093930, 9724093932, 9724093934
  4. Controller Gandhidham- 9724045211

Emergency numbers assigned by central government are as follows.

  1. State Emergency Operation Centre help line-079-1070
  2. District collector control Room -079-1077
  3. District collector control Room- (STD Code) 1079
  4. State EOC (Control Room) 079-23251900, 23251902, 23251914 (O), Fax: 079-23251912/23251916, Satellite Phone: 881621467711
  5. State Nodal Officer for Disaster management – Director of relief & Deputy secretary (G. C. Vaghela) – 079-23251611 (O), Fax:23251916 (M) 9978406087

Nanded Division: High level Railway team probing third train fire in six years

औरंगाबाद Aurangabad (AWB): A high-level team of railway officials has been set up to probe the fire that gutted a compartment of the Nanded-Manmad passenger train on Sunday. This is the third incident of a train catching fire in the Nanded division in the past six years.

Nanded Divisional Railway Manager P C Sharma has formed a team comprising three senior officials, including senior divisional safety officer, senior divisional mechanical engineer and senior divisional electrical engineer. The trio has visited the site and begun the probe.

“The railway authorities have also roped in forensic experts for the probe. The team of forensic experts visited the spot on Sunday evening and has examined the burnt coach. They are likely to submit the report in the next three to four days,” said divisional PRO Rajesh Shinde.

President of Marathwada Railway Pravasi Sena Santoshkumar Somani said it was the third incident of a moving train catching fire in the past six years in the division. The presence of mind shown by the commuters in each of the cases averted a major tragedy. No casualties were reported in any incident, he added.

Somani said the Manmad-Nanded passenger train had caught fire six years ago after its brake liners got jammed. Then, four years ago, Nagarsol-Vishakhapatnam Express caught fire near Manmad for the same reason. The incident on Sunday could also be the outcome of brake liners getting jammed.

“All these fires are the result of poor maintenance by the railways in the division as they have to send the trains to far off places like Secunderabad for conducting repair work. We do not have any pitline or locomotive shed for repair and maintenance work,” Somani said.

Omprakash Verma, president of Marathwada Railway Vikas Samiti, echoed Somani’s views. “For years, we have been trying to get pitline or a loco shed at Aurangabad or somewhere in the region. The railway authorities have not paid any heed to this long-pending demand. It will not only help in proper and timely maintenance of the trains but will also help get some new long route trains for the region.”

When contacted, the railway officials they refused to comment on the absence of pitline and loco shed the region.

Interview with DRM/Waltair post cyclone Hudhud hit Waltair Division

Loss to East Coast Railway Almost Rs 80 Crore, Says DRM/Waltair Mr.Anil Kumar

DRM Waltair Mr.Anil Kumar
DRM Waltair Mr.Anil Kumar

विसाखपटनम Visakhapatnam (VSKP): Managing railways is tricky, particularly after a cyclone of the nature of Hudhud ripped apart the infrastructure, rolling stock and the tracks. Though the Waltair Division of the East Coast Railway has recovered from the impact of the cyclone, it is yet to become fully operational. Lack of enough power to overhead power traction is posing a new problem. In a free-wheeling chat with R Prithvi Raj, Waltair Divisional Railway Manager Anil Kumar explains the challenges he had to face (Excerpts – Courtesy: Indian Express)

What is the situation now?

We have recovered considerably. The railway staff rose to the occasion. Things are falling in place though in some areas, a lot needs to be done. The cyclone has damaged not only railway tracks and overhead electric traction, but also passenger amenities at railway stations and staff quarters.

What was your first priority after the cyclone struck?

Our first priority was to clear obstructions on the railway tracks. Our Divisional Engineer rushed at 10 p.m. Sunday, the day the cyclone hit us, with tree cutters and overhead traction repair staff. By 2 p.m. the next day all obstructions were cleared and electric traction was repaired, ready to receive power. By 7 p.m. we ran the first train between Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram. For us, this is a record.

Now that passenger trains have been restored, what is your next area of importance?

We are concentrating on operation of goods trains. Though overhead traction is back to normal, the APTransco is not in a position to supply adqeuate power. In our division, we draw power at seven stations. For each station, we need 50 MW. But AP Transco is able to supply only five MW. So we are giving priority to passenger trains and as a result, goods train services are being hit.

Why are you not using diesel locomotives for hauling goods trains?

Though we have enough number of electric locomotives, we are not able to use them fully because there is not enough power. Now we have to run our goods trains with diesel locomotives but we have very few of them. We have requisitioned diesel locomotives from other railways. In fact, we have some but not enough because other railways are not able to spare as they need them for their regular operations. As we have a diesel locomotive shed here which has a capacity of 212 locomotives, we have at present some diesel locomotives but they are not enough.

How is power shortage affecting your goods train movement?

Take for instance, the Kothavalasa-Kirandul line. For running one rake, we have to use three electric locomotives because the line runs on a very high gradient. But APTranco is giving me only 5 MW per station. That is not enough for me to run passenger as well as freight trains. We used to load 40-45 rakes every day before the cyclone. We are not able to load even 24 now.

In fact, immediately after the cyclone, the rake loading ranged between 12 and 10. In KK line, we used to load up to 24 rakes per day but now it has come down to 12 as we have to use a detour to move the goods and use diesel locomotives which are less in number.

What was the extent of damage to Railways in the entire division?

Property damage works out to about Rs 80 crore and loss of revenue about Rs 350 crore. As we are not able to run full complement of goods trains, we are losing revenue heavily. We have suffered damage to four of our important assets. They are: Electro Locomotive, Diesel Locomotive, Coach and Wagon Maintenance facilities. The cyclone had hit them with brutal force with the result that the facilities have been damaged The roofs were blown away and the equipment too was damaged.

Massive Operations to Restore Hudhud-hit Rail track sections on Visakhapatnam Division

 

Kothavalasa-Kirandul rail line blocked due land slide on either side of the tunnel. (Below) Senior divisional engineer (Central) G Nagabhusan Rao (second from left) is at site for monitoring works
Kothavalasa-Kirandul rail line blocked due land slide on either side of the tunnel

विसाखपटनम Visakhapatnam (VSKP): A mammoth operation is on to restore a portion of the bridge between Tyada and Araku on the Kothavalasa-Kirandul railway track (KK Line) considered the lifeline of the Waltair Division of the East Coast Railway.

A part of the bridge was blown away by Cyclone Hudhud on October 12. Restoration work is tricky and challenging as the bridge is located right above a deep gorge on the hilly terrain.

The K K line has the distinction of being the second highest railway line in the country, after the one in Jammu. The highest point of the railway line is at Simliguda, which is 996 m from the mean sea level.

The 438-km-long K K line is important because it transports iron ore from Bacheli and Kirandul mines of the National Mineral Development Corporation in Chhattisgarh. Usually, 12 rakes, each consisting of 59 wagons, bring iron ore to Visakhapatnam almost every day. A part of the ore is used by the steel plant here and the rest is exported from the Visakhapatnam Port Trust.

Senior Divisional Engineer (Central), Waltair Division (ECOR) Mr.G.Nagabhusan Rao (second from left) is at site for monitoring works
Senior Divisional Engineer (Central), Waltair Division (ECOR) Mr.G.Nagabhusan Rao (second from left) is at site on ‘Mission Restoration’ monitoring works day and night

As the K K line is not available now, only about six or seven rakes are being moved to Visakhapatnam via Koraput and Rayagada. Because of the reduced freight volume, the Waltair Division is losing a revenue of Rs.20 crore per day.

On the day the cyclone struck, the winds and downpour triggered landslides on hilly slopes damaging the track at several places. The most debilitating was the landslide that hit the bridge. Under its impact, an 80-ft-long girder in the middle of the bridge, whose total length is 165 ft, came off.

The challenge before the railways is not only to find a new girder but also to set it up to restore the bridge. After frantic inquires, officials found the girder and it is now being modified to suit the requirement. The original bridge had a curvature of 8 degrees and the new girder is being modified accordingly.

The KK line was laid in 1965 by the Japanese. The technology they used was unique because the terrain on which the line has to be laid was very inhospitable. Now using the technology, the new girder has to be placed and joined with the rest of the bridge. The railways have moved supports (cribs) which are being set up from the bottom of the gorge to a height of 20 metres to support the girder and once the girder is in place, the cribs could be removed. “The entire task is very daunting but we are confident of doing it by the middle of November,” Waltair Divisional Railway Manager Anil Kumar said.

ECoR to share its experiences on Disaster Management practices with NAIR

भुवनेश्वर Bhubaneshwar (BBS):  In October 2013, when cyclone Phailin struck, the East Coast Railway (ECR) decided to cancel trains 24 hours in advance and informed passengers accordingly. Exactly a year later, when Hudhud hit, the Bhubaneswar-headquartered ECoR and Secunderabad-headquartered SCR decided to cancel trains 48 hours in advance and inform passengers.

This was one of the basic step that the ECoR and SCR followed for managing disasters and minimising the inconvenience caused to passengers. “Earlier, internally (among Railway officials) there was hesitation on canceling trains. However, there is a change in attitude toward canceling trains in such a scenario. Last year, despite informing in advance, some people turned up at the railway stations,” said J.P. Mishra, spokesperson of East Coast Railway.  After that experience, the ECoR now decided to put in place a feedback mechanism and capture these in a checklist format for its officials to bank upon while dealing with disasters, such as cyclones.

The ECoR will now share these lessons with the Vadodara-based National Academy of India Railways, said Mishra.

Mishra said, these lessons, many of which were small, were added to the Indian Railways’ disaster management manual, which was complied in 2011. Various divisions asked to make purchases, such as water storage tanks, lamps, polythene sheets about 60 hours before the cyclone landfall was expected. Also, satellite phones, equipment to fix any problems in tracks, overhead wires, were put in locations that were expected to be affected. Fully fuelled vehicles were also provided to station masters at key locations.

To handle water logging, wagons built with cinders (jute bags with powdered stones), boulders and saw dust were ready at 10 stations. Equipment to measure wind speed was also deployed across stations. The train tracks between Visakhapatnam-Bhubaneswar were vacated six hours before Hudhud hit the location. Power car, powerful generators and safety equipments can keep a station running, were shifted from Sambalpur in Western Odisha to Berhampur in Southern Odisha. Moreover, the officials were in constant touch with Railway officials in Andhra Pradesh and were also tracking Odiya and Telugu TV channels.

Within two days after Hudhud cyclone hit the East Coast Railway’s coastal zone, the ECR resumed normal services on Tuesday.  However, anticipating some hiccups, the ECR requested passengers “to cooperate with Railways” as trains were getting delayed due to diversion and clubbing of connecting trains.

New Jalpaiguri-Howrah Down Shatabdi Express stopped for Smoke in Coach

पाकुर Pakur (PKR): New Jalpaiguri-Howrah Down Shatabdi Express was stopped briefly today at Outer Pakur station after smoke was spotted below a coach, railway sources said.

“Smoke started billowing out of a coach as a result of a spark in the brake windings of the train due to friction soon after it left Farraka station,” Station Superintendent of Pakur, B K Das said.

The passengers raised an alarm on seeing smoke in the train which was stopped at Outer Pakur station in Pakur district of Jharkhand, he said.

The train did not have a scheduled stoppage here.

A team of technical experts rushed to the spot from Pakur station and rectified the fault, Das said.

No damage or loss of property was reported in the incident, he said adding that the train left for its onward journey after it was stopped for about 20 minutes.

South Central Railway restores track in a record 36 hours

विजयवाड़ा Vijayawada (BZA): Taking the restoration of ravaged railway tracks near Visakhapatnam on war footing basis, the authorities of South Central Railway (SCR) brought operations back to near normalcy on Tuesday. The opening of Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada route provided the much needed relief to the stranded passengers in cyclone hit Visakhapatnam city as well as those trying to reach their kin in north-coastal districts. Working against the odds, the SCR took just 32 hours to restore the track and move the trains.

Although, single track has been restored by Tuesday, all the trains both up and down line would be operated through the same line till the other track was readied for operations. “We are working overnight to bring the other line too into operation by Wednesday,” claimed chief spokesperson of SCR, Koganti Sambasiva Rao.

The Visakhapatnam bound Lokamanya Tilak Terminus express passed through the restored section around 3.45pm on Tuesday. Heavy rains under the influence of super cyclone hudhud lashed out in Visakhapatnam district resulted in breaches to track at several locations between Elamanchili-Narsingapalli-Bayyavaram stations on Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam route prompting the authorities to cancel all the trains going and coming from Visakhapatnam for the last two days. Several trains were diverted through alternative routes due to the track damages.

With Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada being a key railway line connecting Chennai-Kolkata metros, the union government took the issue of restoration of trains seriously and directed the state government to extend all support to the railway authorities in bringing the damaged railways back into operation on war footing basis. SCR General Manager PK Srivatsava himself rushed to Visakhapatnam and camped there to monitor the track restoration works. Huge number of track repair workers and material was deployed at the spot. “Meticulous planning and speedy execution of works enabled us bringing the key route back to regular operations,” said GM Srivatsava.

After making an on the spot assessment on the situation on Monday, GM directed the engineering officials to deploy more workforce and machinery by Tuesday. According to information, as many as 10 heavy duty JCBs, 10 engineering track material trains with 180 loaded wagons consisting of sand bags, boulders, quarry dust, girders and cribs and around 600 labour force have been involved in this massive exercise. Diesel generator sets were also rushed to the spots in a big way and special lighting arrangements made at the track breach locations allowing the staff to carry the works uninterrupted all through the night.

“We could manage to restore the line within one and half day, despite several odds such as lack of proper road connectivity to the affected portion, disruption to communication facilities and rain,” said Sambasiva Rao. He said that the entire workforce and machinery have been shifted to restoration of second line and it would also be brought to operation by Wednesday.

Super Cyclone Hudhud cause Rs.15.6 Crore loss to South Central Railway

सिकंदराबाद Secunderabad (SC): Hudhud cyclone left the South Central Railway (SCR) bleeding as it suffered revenue losses to the tune of Rs.15.6 crore in a span of just 3 days. While nearly Rs.4.6 crore was lost from passenger services, freight operations resulted in a loss of Rs.11 crore. “A total of 94 trains were cancelled,19 trains were partially cancelled and 74 long distance express trains were diverted via alternate routes,” said CPRO K Sambasiva Rao.

He explained that about 5.5 lakh passengers in which 54000 were reserved segment were suffered due to the paralyzing of train services in the last 3 days. He said that freight terminals such as Kakinada Port, Ravikampadu, Regupalem, Jaggayyapet and Karepalli were effected where commodities like imported coal, fertilizers, Lime stone, cement and laterite could not be loaded due to inclement weather and disruption to rail services. It resulted in a loss of loading to the extent of 33 rakes with 1.22 lakh tonnes of freight, said Sambasiva Rao.

SCR braces the situation with High Alert aftermath cyclone ‘Hudhud’

सिकंदराबाद Secunderabad (SC): South Central Railway continues to be o­n high alert and has undertaken concerted steps to handle the situation arising out of the ‘Hudhud’ Cyclonic Storm which hit the East Coast near Visakhapatnam today i.e, 12th October, 2014.

The core strategy that is being implemented by SCR is sanitizing the Section from Rajahmundry to Visakhapatnam o­n Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam rail route in the interest of Safety. No Train has been operated o­n this section from the early hours of 12th October, 2014 to avoid any scope for any untoward incident. All Trains bound to Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar have been cancelled till tomorrow afternoon (i.e., 13th October, 2014) and Trains bound to Howrah have been diverted via., Vijayawada, Kazipet, Balharshah and Nagpur.

As part of this strategy, 62 Trains were Cancelled, 05 Trains Partially Cancelled and 51 Trains Diverted.

In addition, focused measures are under implementation to ensure safety and minimize the inconvenience to passengers due to dislocation of train services o­n Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam Section.

In this connection, Shri P.K.Srivastava, General Manager, SCR has instructed the officials to closely monitor the field situation in the aftermath of Cyclone and accord top most priority for the safety of Passengers and Railway assets. He, along with Shri S.K.Agarwal, Additional General Manager, SCR and Shri J.N.Jha, Chief Operations Manager, SCR has reviewed the current situation from the Emergency Control Room set up at Rail Nilayam, the Head Quarters of SCR and issued necessary instructions to smoothly handle the situation.

The special Cyclone emergency cells set up at Rail Nilayam and at Vijayawada Divisional Head Quarters are being manned 24 X 7 by senior officials from various departments to continuously asses the situation and immediately initiate requisite action.

22 Railway stations o­n SCR have been identified as controlling stations to tackle the emergent situation arising out of the cyclone as well as for the purpose of controlling of trains if necessary. These stations are- Anakapalli, Tuni, Samalkot, Kakinada Port, Rajahmundry, Nidadavolu, Nuzvid, Bhimavaram, Machilipatnam, Narsapur, Gudivada, Eluru and Vijayawada o­n Vijayawada Division; Khammam, Dornakal Junction, Mahbubabad, Warangal, Kazipet, Ramgundam, Bellampalli and Sirpurkagaznagar o­n Secunderabad Division and Guntur station o­n Guntur Division. Senior officials have been positioned o­n special duty at all these stations to take care of the requirements of the Passengers.

Special patrolling of Railway track has been pressed into service o­n Vijayawada Division, covering the affected section between Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. Watchmen have been posted to monitor the situation at identified vulnerable locations including bridges, high banks etc., in the interest of safety of track and other installations. Railway officials are in regular liaison with State Government officials, especially the Irrigation officials to take stock of the condition of tanks/water bodies nearby railway track.

Engineering Material Trains loaded with Sand bags, Boulders, Quarry dust, Cribs and Girders are kept at Gullipadu, Tuni and Rajahmundry stations for immediate restoration activities in case of need. Chief Engineers from Secunderabad, SCR, HQ have been camping at Tuni to keep a watch o­n the situation continuously and take appropriate steps as required.

Additional Enquiry Counters and Refund Counters have been opened at all important Stations to cater to the needs of the Passengers. Required catering arrangements have been made at Stations in the affected Sections to ensure supply of drinking water, food & beverages to Passengers o­n travel, o­n account of cancellation / partial cancellation / diversion of trains. Medical facilities and Security arrangements have also been strengthened at major stations to meet any emergency situation.

Help Line Numbers have been activated at 22 Railway Stations mainly o­n Vijayawada and Secunderabad Divisions, besides Guntur and Tirupati Stations to disseminate information o­n the present status of train services to passengers. Some of the Helpline numbers at important stations are:–

Vijayawada: 0866-2576796, 2767233, 2767070, 2767040
Rajahmundry: 0883-2420541, 2420543, 2420780, 2420790
Eluru: 08812-232267
Tuni: 08854-252172
Anakapalli: 08924-221698
Kakinada Port: 0884-2340592
Kakinada Town: 0884-2374227
Samalkot: 0884-232882
Tadepalligudam: 08818-226162
Tirupati: 0877-2225810, 9676903528
Secunderabad: 040-27700868, 27829007
Hyderabad: 040-23200865
Guntur: 0863-2222014
Kazipet: 0870-2548660.

SCR allots Coaches, Community Halls & Station Buildings for Public affected by ‘Hudhud’

Secunderabad (SC): As per the directions of Shri P.K.Srivsatava, General Manager, SCR has opened its Railway Stations and Institutes/Community halls to general Public, especially between Rajahmundry and Visakhapatnam as a social responsibility measure to help those affected with severe cyclone Hudhud in the north coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Also, South Central Railway has allowed access to those affected people to Railway Institutes and Community Halls at Rajahmundry and Samalkot; and also the Railway Station Buildings at major Stations like Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Kakinada, Annavaram, Tuni and Anakapalli etc., to serve as temporary shelters in case of need at any given point of time during any calamity or eventuality of floods and other disasters.

In addition, in a first-of-its-kind measure, 4 trains with 55 empty coaches have been positioned at 4 major stations to serve as emergency shelters as per local requirements. These are:-

  1. Empty train rake with 15 coaches at Samalkot
  2. Empty train rake with 16 coaches at Tuni,
  3. Empty train rake with 6 coaches at Kakinada,
  4. Empty train rake with 18 coaches at Rajahmundry.

These special measures are aimed to meet the needs of the Passengers and also the locally displaced Railway employees and the general public in case of any emergency.

List of Trains Cancelled / Diverted on account of Cyclone ‘Hudhud’ on SCR

सिकंदराबाद Secunderabad (SC): In view of the prevailing cyclonic weather conditions and the forecast of heavy rains over the North Coastal Districts of Andhra Pradesh due to Cyclone ‘Hudhud’, the following changes have been made in the pattern of train services in this region as a precautionary measure in the interest of safety. The following trains are being cancelled/diverted as detailed below:-

CANCELLED:

1)T.No.08506 Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam special scheduled to leave Secunderabad at 19.45 Hrs. o­n 12.10.2014 is cancelled.

2)T.No.18510 Nanded-Visakhapatnam Express scheduled to leave H.S.Nanded at 16.15 Hrs. o­n 12.10.2014 is cancelled.

3)T.No.17016 Secunderabad-Bhubaneswar Visakha Express scheduled to leave Secunderabad at 17.00 Hrs. o­n 12.10.2014 is cancelled.

4)T.No.12728 Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam Godavari Express scheduled to leave Hyderabad at 17.15 Hrs. o­n 12.10.2014 is cancelled.

5)T.No.12740 Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Garibrath Express scheduled to leave Secunderabad at 20.15 Hrs. o­n 12.10.2014 is cancelled.

6)T.No.17487 Tirupatid-Visakhapatnam Tirumala Express scheduled to leave Tirupati at 20.50 Hrs. o­n 12.10.2014 is cancelled.

7)T.No.22880 Tirupati-Bhubaneshwar Express scheduled to leave Tirupati at 12.45 Hrs o­n 12.10.14 is cancelled.

DIVERTED:

1)T.No.12246 Yesvantapur-Howrah Duronto Express scheduled to leave Yesvantpur at 11.15 Hrs. o­n 12.10.2014 is diverted via Vijayawada-Warangal-Balharshah, Nagpur-Jarsiguda-Kharagpur.

2)T.No.22852 Magalore-Santragachi Express which left Mangalore o­n 11.10.2014 is diverted via Vijayawada-Warangal-Balharshah, Nagpur-Jarsiguda-Kharagpur.

3)T.No.12704 Secunderabad-Howrah Falaknuma Express scheduled to leave Secunderabad at 16.00 Hrs. o­n 12.10.2014 is diverted via Kazipet-Balharshah-Nagpur-Raipur-Jarsiguda-Kharagpur.

4)T.No.18645 Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express scheduled to leave Howrah at 11.45 Hrs. o­n 12.10.2014 is diverted via Kharagpur- Jarsiguda- Nagpur- Balharshah-Kazipet-Secunderabad.

5)T.No.12841 Howrah-Chennai Central Coromonadal Express scheduled to leave Howrah at 14.50 Hrs. o­n 12.10.2014 is diverted via Kharagpur- Jarsiguda- Nagpur- Balharshah-Warangal-Vijayawada.

6)T.No.22855 Santragachchi-Tirupati Express scheduled to leave Santragachchi at 16.05 Hrs. o­n 12.10.2014 is diverted via Kharagpur- Jarsiguda- Nagpur- Balharshah-Warangal-Vijayawada.

7)T.No.12263 Howrah-Tiruchchirapalli Express scheduled to leave Howrah at 16.10 Hrs. o­n 12.10.2014 is diverted via Kharagpur- Jarsiguda- Nagpur- Balharshah-Warangal-Vijayawada.

8)T.No.02882 Bhubaneswar-Pune Premium express scheduled to leave Bhubaneswar at 22.15 Hrs. o­n 12.10.2014 is diverted via Sambalpur-Titlagarh-Raipur-Nagpur-Balharshah-Kazipet-Secunderabad.

9)T.No.18463 Bhubaneswar-Bangalore Prasanthi Express scheduled to leave Bhubaneswar at 05.30 Hrs. o­n 13.10.2014 is diverted via Sambalpur-Titlagarh-Raipur-Nagpur-Balharshah-Warangal-Vijayawada.

10)T.No.18048 Vasco-Howrah Express which left Vasco o­n 12.10.2014 is diverted via Vijayawada- Warangal – Balharshah – Nagpur-Kharagpur.

11)T.No.13351 Dhanbad-Allappuza Express which left Dhanbad o­n 12.10.2014 is diverted via Vijayawada- Warangal – Balharshah – Nagpur-Kharagpur.

12)T.No.06336 Kochuveli-Guwahati special scheduled leave Kochuveli o­n 12.10.2014 is diverted via Vijayawada- Warangal – Balharshah – Nagpur-Kharagpur.

13)T.No.12835 Hatia-Yesvantpur Express scheduled leave Hatia at 18.25 Hrs. o­n 12.10.2014 is diverted via Jarsiguda-Raipur-Balharshah-Warangal-Vijayawada.

Hudhud Cyclone: Trains cancelled or diverted to and from Bangalore City

बंगलौर Bangalore (SBC):  Railways have cancelled and/or diverted several trains bound for and originating from Bangalore with effect from October 11 in view of the Hudhud cyclone.

Trains to be canclelled: Train No.18464 Bangalore City-Bhubaneswar Prashanthi Express leaving Bangalore City on October 11; Train No.18463 Bhubaneswar-Bangalore City Prashanthi Express leaving Bhubaneswar on October 12; Train No.12845 Bhubaneswar-Yesvantpur Express leaving Bhubaneswar on October 12.

Trains to be diverted: Train No.12863 Howrah-Yesvantpur Express leaving Howrah on October 11 is being diverted via Vijayawada, Balharshah and Nagpur; Train No.18637 Hatia-Yesvantpur Express leaving Hatia on October 11 is being diverted via Jharsuguda, Raipur and Nagpur; Train No. 02510 Kamakhya-Bangalore Cantonment Special Express leaving Kamakhya on October 11 will be diverted via Kharagpur, Jharsuguda, Raipur and Nagpur; Train No.12864 Yesvantpur-Howrah Express leaving Yesvantpur on October 11 is being diverted via Vijayawada, Balharshah and Nagpur; Train No. 22884 Yesvantpur-Puri Express leaving Yesvantpur on October 11 will be diverted via Vijayawada, Balharshah, Nagpur, Jharsuguda and Sambalpur; Train No. 12551 Yesvantpur-Kamakhya Express leaving Yesvantpur on October 11 will be diverted via Vijayawada, Balharshah and Nagpur; Train No.12253 Yesvantpur-Bhagalpur Express leaving Yesvantpur on October 11 will be diverted via Vijayawada, Balharshah and Nagpur; and Train No.12245 Howrah-Yesvantpur Express leaving Howrah on October 12 will be diverted via Vijayawada, Balharshah and Nagpur.

Hudhud Cyclone: South Central Railway to divert 75 trains

विजयवाड़ा Vijayawada (BZA): The South Central Railway (SCR) is taking measures to prevent stranding of trains or passengers in remote villages during the landfall of Hudhud Cyclone, which may cross the coast in Andhra Pradesh on October 12.

Indian Railway is planning to cancel or divert 75 trains, including 70 express and five passenger services, to avoid inconvenience to the passengers. Railways will open help desks in Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Anakapalli, Tuni, Kakinada, Kakinada Town, Samalkot, Tadepalligudem and Eluru from Saturday.

An Emergency Cell would be opened at the control room at Vijayawada, and senior officers would be deputed in all major railway stations. Besides, an emergency relief van would be kept ready with food, medicines and rescue material to shift passengers, if necessary.

Vijayawada Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Pradeep Kumar directed Additional DRM N.S.R. Prasad, Senior Divisional Operations Manager (Sr. DOM) K. Satyanarayana and Senior Divisional Commercial Manager (Sr. DCM) N.V. Satyanarayana to give top priority for passengers.

“We alerted Secunderabad, Guntakal, Guntur and Visakpahatnam divisions, and the officials were instructed to keep in touch with all district officials as the severity of the cyclone would be more according to Weather department’s predictions,” said Mr. Pradeep Kumar.

Mr. Prasad said that an action plan has been prepared to provide drinking water, milk, food packets and medicines to the stranded passengers in stations. Depending upon the direction of the cyclone, railway will divert or cancel trains, said the Additional DRM.

“Instructions have been given to all Railway Station Superintendents to be in touch with APSRTC Depot Managers in cyclone prone areas to shift passengers in emergency. We will stop goods trains and accord priority for passenger trains,” said the Senior DCM.

The Senior DOM said that emergency teams have been pressed into service to avoid breaches, damage to tracks and restore train services, and sand bags, generators, lights and other material was kept ready. “We request the passengers to avoid journeys, if possible.”

 

Railways to use Simulation Software for Fire Safety on Running Trains

चेन्नई Chennai (MAS):  All on-board carriage and wagon staff should be given preliminary fire-fighting training such as the use of fire extinguishers, the Railway Board has said.

Under a memorandum of understanding between the Railway Ministry and the French National Railways, fire simulation software had been created recently at the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Lucknow. It was now being utilised for further study of the fire behaviour of materials under various conditions.

These steps taken by the Railways, as part of their efforts to ensure fire safety on trains, have been listed in an affidavit counter to a public interest litigation petition.

The petitioner, R.Kannan Govindarajulu of Kilmaruvathur in Kancheepuram district, an ex-serviceman, said fire accidents on running trains had become frequent. They occurred in remote areas, making access to rescue teams difficult. Many passengers died of heavy bleeding. Hence, effective fire-fighting and first aid methods were required.

The counter, filed by T.Venkatasubramanian, Chief Rolling Stock Engineer, Mechanical Department, Southern Railway, detailed the steps taken for fire-safety, including fire-retardant furnishing material in coaches.

The Railways submitted that for improving evacuation from air-conditioned compartments in case of a fire, the board had recently said AC compartments with doors that could be opened from both sides could be developed. At present, the doors opened only inside the compartment. A fire test lab was also being set up at the RDSO to have a better understanding of the fire-worthiness of various materials that go in coach-furnishing.

Two different committees had been constituted for a comprehensive fire safety audit of materials used in coach construction and its maintenance, system of checking for carrying inflammable materials on trains, availability of fire extinguishers and training of staff in handling fire and fire-safety equipment.

The First Bench, comprising Chief Justice S.K.Kaul and Justice M.Sathyanarayanan, treated the petition as closed.

Soil-erosion alongside tracks in Saharsa-Mansi section a cause of concern for Railways’

सहरसा Saharsa (SHC): Indian Railways is making concerted efforts to fight erosion at the Fango Halt on the Saharsa-Mansi section in Samastipur division in view of the Kosi flood situation.  The section under East Central Railway runs parallel to the Kosi and has come under direct threat of the river’s current. Although the river has not reached its danger mark, 1m by the Fango Halt, around 15km southwest of the Saharsa railway station, has been eroded in the past two days.

This has prompted railway officials to maintain strict monitoring of anti-erosion work on the section. It is important to curb the erosion by the tracks as the railways are the region’s lifeline. There are no proper roads connecting Saharsa in the Kosi region with and Patna. From the Saharsa railway station alone, at least six trains start for different destinations with 10,000-12,000 passengers daily.

Rukmini Devi, a Kopardia resident, said: “We do not know if the Kosi would flood our villages or not but are scared that it might disrupt railway movement.”

Around 60 lakh people in the entire Kosi region depend on the railways daily, even when it is perilous.

Last year on August 19, at least 28 Shravan devotees came under the wheels of the Rajya Rani Express at Dhamara Ghat, around 30km southwest of Saharsa railway station. The victims had come to Dhamara Ghat — also on the Saharsa-Mansi section — in two passenger trains. As the station had just one platform, one of the groups had to alight on the offside, the second track, through which the Rajya Rani Express was to pass.

So, anti-erosion work started at Fango Halt in 2011 is now being strengthened.

In the past two days, Kosi’s level has gone up by about 15cm near the Fango halt, about 210km northeast of Patna. The current has corroded away a metre between the river and the railway tracks.

Deputy chief engineer of Eastern Central Railway construction department Alok Jha, who is monitoring the situation at Fango, told: “We do not feel any threat if an usual volume of water is discharged (from Nepal). We have already placed the launching apron in an 8.8km area that will settle if the water current cuts away land along the riverbank.”

The work involves pitching boulders next to the railway tracks, fixing them with iron wires so that it stays in place.

Bihar Flood Threat: ECR intensifies Night Patrolling of Tracks and Bridges

हाजीपुर Hajipur (HJP):  East Central Railway (ECR) GM Madhuresh Kumar on Monday held a high-level meeting with senior officials at the zonal headquarters in Hajipur in the wake of looming flood threat in Kosi region, posing danger to railway tracks. He directed the officials concerned to remain on high alert round the clock and keep a close tab on bridges and tracks.

Kumar said, “We are constantly watching the situation. Senior officials are already camping at all vulnerable points falling under Samastipur division of ECR. Railways has sufficient stock of boulders and other required materials at most of the sensitive locations under the division to save tracks from getting damaged. If required, movement of passenger trains will be regulated from safety point of view.” An emergency control room has become functional at Hajipur.

According to the GM, Koparia-Dhamara Ghat route located on Saharsa-Mansi section of Samastipur division is the most critical one and Supaul-Forbesganj route is also vulnerable to flood. Railways is at present running 14 to 16 pairs of passenger trains on these routes, which include Saharsa-Delhi Garib Rath Express and Rajrani Express, he said.

Besides, railways has introduced night patrolling on bridges and tracks on most vulnerable routes. Hundreds of staff have been deployed on emergency duty to keep a close watch on bridges and tracks. Fangu Halt located between Saharsa and Mansi section is the most critical point as it can’t withstand strong current of water in the Kosi, sources said.

According to ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak, the speed limit of passenger trains has been regulated at 40 kmph on Saharsa-Mansi route due to rising water level in the Kosi. Railways is seriously monitoring water level or its discharge from Kosi barrage round the clock and accordingly makes its preparation for the movement of passenger trains. The CPRO said railways is also in touch with state government officials in Patna about the flood threat. In the event of any emergency, railways will act swiftly with its own disaster management team comprising mostly engineers and flood protection staff, he said.

ECR also has sent a team to Saharsa to oversee precautionary measures being taken to save tracks in the event of a Kosi flood.

The team is camping at Koparia-Dhamara Ghat in the district, around 170km northeast of Patna, to check work on the adjacent Saharsa-Mansi railway section. It comes under East Central Railway (ECR)’s Samastipur division and is considered lifeline of the Kosi region.

In the 2008 Kosi floods, the tracks were completely damaged, while in 2011 and 2012, they went under water. Learning its lessons, the railways administration sent the team to Saharsa on Sunday. It is camping near the Fango railway halt.

According to records of the Central Water Commission received on Monday, the Kosi is flowing 2.5m below the danger mark. But the railways authorities do not want to take any chances.

Divisional railway manager, Samastipur, Arun Malik told “At present, things are under control but the team is keeping a close eye on the situation.”

In 2011 and 2012, the 44km Saharsa-Mansi railway route came under immense pressure near the Fango railway halt.

He added: “Boulders have been pitched to protect them. The railways learnt its lesson from the 2008 flood (when tracks in the section were completely swept away). I have asked the engineers not to leave the spot unless the threat has passed.”

To ensure passengers’ lives do not come at stake, Malik also said: “In a 6km stretch of the railway line, where chances of soil erosion are severe, we have restricted train speed from 80kmph to 30kmph. We have decided to stop movement on this route if anything goes out of control. Adequate number of labourers is working with earth-moving machines and other equipment at the spot.”

Officials said in case of a flood, gauge conversion on an 118km stretch (under ECR in Bihar) would be affected. Chief public relations officer, ECR, Arvind Kumar Rajak said: “At present the situation is not alarming. Two rakes of boulder have reached Saharsa district and our best officers have been deputed to look into the matter.”

Landslide hits rail traffic between Mysore and Mangalore

सक्लेश्पुर Sakleshpur (SKLR): The rail link between Mysore and Mangalore was cut off due to a landslide between Yedakumari and Shrivagilu stations on the Sakleshpur-Subrahmanya Road section.

The Yeshwantpur-Kannur-Karwar Express was stopped at Sakleshpur and passengers were sent to their destinations on special KSRTC buses.

The Kannur-Karwar-Yeshwantpur trains were cancelled at their starting points as work on clearing the track is still in progress.

An official said the railway staff who came to know about the landslide on Friday night stopped the train at Sakleshpur station and prevented a possible mishap.

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Series of Landslides affects Central Railway services

मुंबई Mumbai: Rail and road traffic to and from Mumbai was hit by a series of landslides. While Central Railway services were affected by landslides near Igatpuri on Wednesday, the Mumbai-Agra National Highway witnessed landslides at five places. While road traffic returned to normal in three hours, rail connectivity was badly affected and many trains were rescheduled or diverted.

A landslide was triggered in Igatpuri at 8am, which received 234mm of rainfall in the 24 hours till Wednesday 8.30am. Trains to Mumbai were stopped at nearest stations. “The landslide affected the Up track (towards Mumbai), so trains were diverted to the Down track (towards Nashik),” a railway official said. There is a third track in the ghat section which ensured movement of trains was not completely stopped. The Down track was cleared by 5pm, but work continued on the other track. “Some trains to Mumbai returned either from Igatpuri or Nashik. Arrangements were made for people to continue on by bus till Kasara and other areas,” the official said.

CR officials said the landslide occurred from the site abutting a resort on the hillock.

A CR spokesperson said, “The incident led to short termination of five services including Nagpur-Mumbai Sewagram Express and Aurangabad-Dadar Janshatabdi Express.” Three trains, the Varanasi-Mumbai Mahanagari Express, Patna-Mumbai Express and Gorakhpur-Mumbai Godan Express were diverted via Manmad-Daund-Pune-Kalyan.

Landslides on the highway caused distress to motorists. “A landslide was reported at 8.30am at five spots around 53km from Nashik in the Kasara ghat section,” police said.

Boulder fall cripples Mumbai-Nashik train services

नासिक Nasik (NK): Thousands of long-distance passengers were stranded on different stretches of Central Railway after a boulder fell on the tracks close to Igatpuri station on the Nashik-Kasara line on Wednesday. Officials attributed the fall to incessant rains in the region.

The incident was reported about 8.30 am at a spot nearly 4 km from Igatpuri and the barreling rock took the overhead wires along with it. The immediate effect of the mishap was that several trains that were close to Nashik and Igatpuri had to be halted.

What compounded the problem was the timing as the morning hours are among the most busy as far as trains coming from the east and north into Mumbai on CR’s lines are concerned. Local train commuters were spared from inconvenience as the boulder-hit site is out of CR’s suburban limits.

On any normal day, the North-East section of CR that is the Kasara-Nashik stretch sees close to 160 train movements, including 50 pairs of mail and express trains that come into and go out of Mumbai and 10 pairs of goods trains in and out of Mumbai. On Wednesday, the movements had come down to less than 10 said CR officials.

Among the trains that got stalled immediately were the 12262 Howrah-Mumbai Duronto and the 13201 Patna-Kurla LTT Express, both trains which generally come into the city packed. This incident also meant that there was a bunching of long-distance trains in the city – on the fifth line right from Bhandup to Vidyavihar, just at the entrance of Kurla Terminus.

Most passengers on the Kurla LTT-Muzaffarpur Express, which was stuck near Bhandup station, were seen squatting along the tracks. “There is no announcement or clarity on when the train would move,” said Rakesh Vishwakarma.

The boulder fall also caused operational hardship for the train-runners – one driver got hurt while piloting a train – as well as passengers as CR decided to run several trains from Igatpuri instead of Mumbai. This meant that passengers with tickets on those train from Mumbai would have to reach Igatpuri somehow to board their train.

While top CR officials rushed to the spot, authorities pressed two specially equipped trains to fix the overhead wires and the tracks. Officials around 6pm said that the tentative time for the clearing of the line was 9pm on Wednesday.

Flooded tracks disrupt train movement in south Gujarat

Vadodara: Heavy rains in south Gujarat on Tuesday hit rail traffic movement on Mumbai route adversely impacting travel plans of commuters from central Gujarat.

While two trains – Valsad-Dahod and Valsad-Viramgam – got cancelled, several trains were running late on Tuesday.

Although many trains had left Vadodara railway station on time, waterlogging on railway track at Valsad delayed the trains from reaching Mumbai.

Monday’s incident of derailment of some wagons of a goods train near Nadiad had also impacted the timings of some trains which reached late at Vadodara station.

The trains running late included Secunderabad-Rajkot Express, Gujarat Express – both of which were running one and a half hour late while Vivek Express was running late by two and a half hours. Firozpur-Janta Express was running late by fifty minutes.

Sayajinagari Express had arrived half an hour late at Vadodara railway station while Kutch Express, which had arrived late at Vadodara railway station by nearly 80 minutes, reached Mumbai after four hours delay.

Although Jaipur Bandra Express had arrived only five minutes late at Vadodara railway station, it was late by around four hours while on its way to Mumbai.

Saurashtra Mail was half an hour late at Vadodara railway station and was running two and half hours late.

The Valsad-Haridwar Express was re-scheduled. Instead of its scheduled time, it was re-scheduled with six hours delay.

Rain hits rail services, cuts-off villages in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: Several passenger and express trains in Ahmedabad-Mumbai route have been running behind schedule due to waterlogged tracks, as heavy rain continued to pound southern Gujarat for the past 12 hours.

The rains that threw normal life out of gear in places like Valsad, Navsari and Surat also inundated major highways connecting the state with Mumbai.

As many as 14 villages in Umargam have been marooned and cut-off, prompting district administration to dispatch teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to rescue people stranded there.

Landslip disrupts traffic on Kirandol-Kottavalasa line

lanslide किरंडुलकिरंडुल Kirandul (KRDL):  The traffic on Kothavalasa–Kirandul (K-K) railway line, the lifeline for people of Jagdalpur and for movement of iron ore, has come to a grinding halt as earth and boulders fell on the track on the Jarti-Malliguda section in the early hours of Monday. A total of 76 passengers, who were travelling by the Durg – Jagadalpur express, were stranded. Authorities arranged buses and 40 passengers were sent back to Jeypore and Koraput and 36 passengers were sent to Jagdalpur. The railway authorities also arranged food and water for stranded passengers.

“Initially, boulders fell at two or three places but before the restoration work could begin e boulders fell at around 10 different places. The track has also been washed away at a few places between Koraput and Jeypore,” Senior Divisional Commercial Manager of Waltair Division M.Yelvender Yadav said.

Trains cancelled

Train no.18006 Jagdalpur-Howrah-Samleswari Express leaving Jagdalpur on July 28 has been cancelled. Train no. 18005 Howrah-Jagdalpur-Samleswari on July 28 will be short-terminated at Titlagarh and return as 18006.

Train no. 18447/18448 Bhubaneswar-Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express has been cancelled between Koraput and Jagdalpur. However, the trains will run from Koraput with regular scheduled timings. Train no. 58501 Visakhapatnam – Kirandul Passenger will run up to Koraput and return as 58502 and train no. Trian no. 18212 Jagdalpur – Durg Express has been cancelled on July 28, according to statement issued by the East Coast Railway (E Co R).


  • 76 passengers sent by buses to Jeypore, Koraput and Jagdalpur
  • Track also washed away at a few places

Railways conduct Field Trails for Automatic Fire & Smoke Detection System in Running Trains

नयी दिल्ली New Delhi:  A pilot project for field trial with Automatic Fire and Smoke Detection system has been taken up in one rake of New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express. Besides, one LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) rake in New Delhi-Jammu Tawi Rajdhani and one rake of LHB AC Double Decker coached running between Kachiguda- Tirupati-Guntur have also been provided with such a system. Technical specification has been revised for extended field trial. In the revised specification, Air brake system has been interfaced with Fir and Smoke detection system for automatic application of brakes in trains in emergency situations owing to fire.

Presently, trials are being conducted only in Air Conditioned (AC) trains as the present design of Automatic Fire and Smoke Detection system is suitable for AC coaches which have regulated circulation of ambient air inside coaches.

Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO) has developed a tentative technical specification for trial of Automatic Fire and Smoke Detection system suitable for non-AC coaches.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Induction of Modern Technology for Prevention of Train Accidents’

Induction of modern technology for prevention of train accidents is highest priority area with Indian Railways. In this regard, for prevention of collisions, provision of Train Protection Warning System (TPWS), Train Collision Avoidance system (TCAS), Auxiliary Warning System (AWS), Vigilance Control Device (VCD) and fog Safe Devices (FSD) have been taken up for in-depth appraisal.

To prevent derailment and other incidents, works of provision of Track Circuiting, Electrical/Electronic Interlocking Signalling system, fitment of tight lock Centre Buffer Couplers (CBC), use of superior crashworthy coaches of LHB design, use of fire retardant material in coaches, provision of superior air brake system, increased use of superior Flash Butt Welding Technology, introduction of 60 kg rails instead of 52 kg rails and use of Ultrasonic flaw Detector (USFD) equipments etc., have been taken up on priority.

The High Level Safety Review Committee constituted by the Ministry of Railways under the chairmanship of Dr. Anil Kakodkar has made 106 recommendations on various technical and technology related aspects which require in-depth analysis for deciding their acceptance or non-acceptance before being implemented. The recommendations found acceptable/partially acceptable will be initiated for implementation on completion of the process of detailed deliberations on these recommendations.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Monsoon continues to lash Mumbai – rail services disrupted

Mumbai:  Heavy rains continued to lash Mumbai and the adjoining Thane district, causing water-logging in the city and the suburbs and hitting suburban train services on the central line as the tracks were flooded with the city’s railway networks with Western and Central Railways coming to a halt due to flooded tracks. Services on the Harbour Line were disrupted due to flooding near Kurla.

Suburban train services along Dadar-CST on the central line were suspended due to water logging at Masjid, Sandhurst Road and Byculla stations in the morning.

Services resumed in the afternoon after the rains subsided.

Services on the CST-Kurla harbour line, too, were suspended since morning due to the rains.

However, operations were normal between Kurla and Kalyan, Karjat, Kasara and Kurla towards Panvel as also between Thane and Vashi.  Here are some images of flooded tracks.
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Trains run Late due to rains, signal problems on Mumbai’s Central and Western Rail lines

मुम्बई Mumbai:  Due to heavy rains in some parts of the city early morning, suburban train services were affected — those on the Central and Harbour lines. Suburban train services on the Central and Harbour lines were about 15 minutes late on Tuesday evening due to heavy rain and a signal problem at CST. The terminus was packed with commuters as some trains were cancelled too. Heavy rains coupled with a high tide of 4.95 metres hit the city on Tuesday, causing water-logging and traffic jams in many areas of the island city, along with a slight delay in railway services.

Water reached the ‘rail level’ at Masjid and Sandhurst Road stations, which led to slow running of trains. A Western Railway EMU halted at Mahalaxmi station for 10-20 minutes due to a problem with the braking system around 8pm, leading to a delay.

A source in CR said that trains were running ten minutes behind schedule while passengers, especially office-goers, complained trains were delayed by 20 minutes.

Commuters also said that a few trains were cancelled on the Harbour line. There were announcements made at some stations about trains running behind schedule due to rains, a commuter said.

A CR official, while admitting the delay in train service, said it was just five to ten minutes behind schedule. “This is routine during monsoon and the services will return back to normalcy soon,” he added.

There is a signal problem at Wadala, Chembur. Parel and Dadar stations and this has hit services during the morning peak hours on Central and Harbour lines.

CR spokesperson A K Singh said, “The suburban train services have been affected due to signal problem at two stations each on Central and Harbour lines. As a result, there is a delay and this is mainly due to heavy rains. Passengers may get trains five to ten minutes behind schedule.”

Sources said that the signal problem was due to water logging on tracks. Commuters complained of platforms being crowded and many were unable to get into trains. “I have been waiting for a train at Bhandup station. However, with trains from Thane, Kalyan and beyond arriving packed with commuters, I had to miss a couple of trains. I will be late for work today,” said Binu S, an office-goer. Another commuter said that a few train coaches were unclean and some of the doors were jammed too.

Leakage on Metro again?

Barely two weeks after a water leakage was reported in the Mumbai Metro, a commuter tweeted a picture claiming that a similar incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon. The commuter, Bharat Kumar Bhandary, alleged that the water was dripping through the air-conditioner in one of the coaches. He spotted the leakage at 1.30pm while on his way from Ghatkopar to Saki Naka in the train’s second coach.

Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd denied there was any leakage in the train and said, “The picture depicts condensation of high humidity air in the AC of the train. The phenomenon is due to condensation of water as observed in AC cars. It is frequently observed in monsoon where high humid air touches a cold surface like steel glass filled with ice cubes, chilled bottles, etc.”

Heavy Rains to continue till Wednesday

As per data received by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), water-logging complaints were registered from the Hindmata Junction, Parel T T, Peddar Road, Reay Road, Tardeo and Mahalakshmi between 2 and 4 pm. The civic body has alerted the citizens of high tide over 4.7 meters till July 17.

Until 8.30pm, Colaba received 127mm rainfall, while Santacruz received 78.2mm on Tuesday. Colaba’s 127mm on Tuesday is the seventh highest 24 hour rainfall in the past decade (between 2004 and 2013). The all-time record for highest rainfall in 24 hours was on July 27, 2005, at 944.2mm. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast frequent rain and showers in the city and suburbs with heavy to very heavy rainfall in some areas for the next 24 hours.

Traffic was also slow due to water logging. The Andheri Subway and Malad subway were closed due to water logging which caused problems to the commuters. Traffic was slow at the Haji Ali junction due to the pile-up till Wilson College, while the Haji Ali South Bound backlog was reported up to Worli Dairy. Parel TT south-bound road had a backlog up to Dadar TT.

Traffic police diverted traffic to the Eastern freeway, P.D’Mello Road, RAK Road for south Mumbai. The police also asked commuters to avoid SV Road due to Angaraki Chaturthi.

Suburban trains on the main line were delayed by 10 to 15 minutes, two harbour-bound trains and five main line services were canceled during peak hours. Until Tuesday morning, Colaba and Santacruz faced less rains, but IMD officials are confident that the deficiency will be covered.

“Heavy rainfall is forecast for the next 24 hours as well and with such good rainfall, the deficiency in rainfall in Mumbai will be covered by Wednesday,” said K S Hosalikar, deputy director-general, meteorology, IMD Mumbai.

Engine of Gonda Express catches fire on NER; Passengers safe

रिसिया Risia (RS): A fire broke out in the engine of the Gonda-Bareilly Gonda Express between Risia and Matera railway stations last night, following which some panic-stricken passengers jumped off the train.

No passenger was injured in the incident that took place at about 10.32 PM.

Some of the passengers jumped off from their respective bogies after the fire broke out and informed railway authorities, eyewitnesses and passengers said, adding the train was moving at a slow pace when the fire started.

A team of railway and fire department officials took two hours to douse the fire.

PRO, Northern Railways, Alok Srivastava said the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained and the incident would be probed.

The train was later sent to its destination with the help of another engine at about 2.55 AM.

Konkan Railway all set to face monsoon challenges

कोलाड Kolad (KOL): Konkan railway is all geared up to face the monsoon by completing all its planned safety works on its route from Kolad after Roha station of central railway, to Thokur, before Mangalore junction. Patrolling by self propelled Rail Maintenance Vehicles (RMV) will be done from sunset to sunrise between Kolad and Thokur. Excavators have been kept ready at all nominated points for quick movement in case of any emergency.

According to Konkan railway, special attention has been laid on geo-safety works, like flattening of slopes, rock bolting, shot-cretin inside tunnels, storm water drain cleaning/ lining, construction of RCC retaining walls, and loose scaling. As a result of the large scale geo-safety works executed along the railway line in last 10 years, the incidents of boulder fall and soil slip have significantly reduced, thus ensuring safe running of trains.

Konkan railway will conduct 24X7 monsoon patrolling to ensure safety along the track. About 700 personnel will be patrolling the Konkan railway route from Kolad to Thokur during the monsoon. Vulnerable locations will be patrolled round the clock and stationary watchmen will be deployed for 24 hours at critical locations. Speed restrictions will be imposed at vulnerable locations. Instructions have also been issued to the loco drivers to impose speed of 40kmph in case of heavy rainfall impairing visibility. All trains passing by KR route between Kolad and Thokur will be foot-plated by officers / supervisors during the monsoon. Self propelled ARMVs (Accident Relief Medical Van), with provision for operation theatre and providing emergency medical aid are kept ready all the time at Ratnagiri and Verna (Goa) along with ART (Accident Relief Train).

Mobile phones have been provided to loco pilots, station masters and other field officials, including Executives of various departments. Both loco pilots and guards of trains have been provided with walkie-talkie sets as well as every station on Konkan railway is equipped with 25 watt VHF base station. This enables wireless communication between the train crew as well as train crew and station master. Emergency Communication (EMC) sockets have been provided at a distance of average 1km along the Konkan railway route (spacing reduced to 400 metres inside long ventilated tunnels), that enables the patrolmen, watchmen and other field maintenance staff to contact station master and train controllers during any emergency situations in train operations. Satellite phone communication has been provided in ARMV situated at Ratnagiri and Verna stations for contacting headquarter control when ARMV is pressed in service. LED signals are being provided in a phased manner, to begin with, for improving signal visibility at difficult locations.

Geology of the Konkan region being such that the strata is formed of lateritic rocks (which is rock solid initially and over a period of years tend to loosen and flow like soil during monsoon), interspersed with red soil that destabilizes slopes, the strata is capable of throwing surprises during monsoon. Lateritic soil, which is porous, absorbs water which weakens the cuttings. Cuttings which have no history of failure suddenly collapse. It is a relentless fight against nature.

However with the measures taken above, Konkan railway aims to ensure a safe travel to its passengers in the coming monsoon.

Timely action of Loco Pilot saves Andaman Express from major fire

झाँसी Jhansi (JHS): A serious tragedy was averted due to timely rescue measures taken in Chennai-bound Andaman Express, which caught fire near Jhansi Railway Station in the early hours of Monday. The 20-bogie train coming from Jammu, had four parcel carriages just behind the engine. It arrived at 2.00 am at Jhansi Station. Some passengers smelt something burning from the parcel section but overlooked it because nothing was visible.

As the train started and moved further, the driver observed smoke coming out from a carriage. He halted the train near Bijauli station, 10 kilometres from Jhansi and raised an alarm. In the meantime, the fire got intensified. Railway officials and the safety squad reached the spot and managed to separate the two bogies from rest of the train.

By morning, heavy flames started coming out from the two parcel carriages. The train had halted in a secluded place with a lot of vegetation and it became difficult for the fire brigade to reach the spot. Somehow six fire tenders, including those from Army and BHEL, reached there. The flames could be controlled after six hours.

Railway spokesman Ravi Prakash said that the reason of the fire and the estimated loss are being investigated.

In the meantime, over one dozen trains got affected and two passenger trains had to be cancelled. Andaman Express moved after seven hours of delay. Around 1,500 passengers got their tickets and reservations cancelled.

Quake hits parts of Konkan Railway, no damage reported

Chiplun चिपलुन (CHI): Konkan Railway (KR), which runs through one of the earthquake-prone regions of the country, was on Wednesday hit by an earthquake measuring 3.2 on Richter scale. According to officials, a few stations in the Chiplun-Ukshi section on Ratnagiri Division of Konkan Railway experienced tremors around 7:33am.

“The quake was reported by station masters of Kamathe, Savarda, Ukshi and Sangameshwar stations. However, no damage was done to any of the engineering structures on the route due to the quake,” said a KR statement. Officials said that immediately on getting information about the quake, local KR officials inspected all the engineering structures in the section concerned and reported that tracks, cuttings, tunnels and bridges were safe.

As a result of the quake, train no. 12432 Rajdhani Express was stopped in the section for 35 minutes, 12617 Mangala Express was stopped for about an hour, and 19577 Tiruvelveli-Hapa Express for 45 minutes.

The trains were restarted on getting Track Fit Certificate at 9:20am, said the KR statement.

According to the website of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Maharashtra and adjoining regions are prone to earthquakes of moderate magnitude as can be seen from the experience of several years. Koyna regions experiences the maximum number of tremors in Maharashtra.

Earthquakes in Maharashtra show major alignment along the west coast and western ghats region. Seismic activity can be seen near Ratnagiri, along the western coast, Koyna Nagar and Bhatsa and Surya areas of Thane district, the NDMA website states.

Mock drill held near Tirunelveli on train accidents

Move to check preparedness of railway personnel

mock drillMadurai (MDU):  The Madurai Division of Southern Railway conducted the annual mock drill at Thaazhaiyooththu near here on Tuesday to check the preparedness of its men in case of a train accident, rescue of victims and speedy restoration of rail traffic in the affected section.

Over 100 personnel including medical and paramedical staff and a 140-tonne crane, ‘Pandyan,’ brought from Madurai for this exercise, were involved in the drill under the supervision of A.K. Rastogi, Divisional Railway Manager, Madurai.

After a discarded coach was mechanically derailed by a Cowans Sheldon crane, imported from England, the rescue team swung into operation.

While the mechanics of the rescue team cut open the roof and side portions of the derailed coach with sophisticated gadgets powered by the portable generators, the medical team shifted the ‘injured’ to the nearby hospitals after administering first-aid.

Bodies of the ‘deceased’ were sent to the hospital for a post-mortem.

During an informal chat with the reporters, Mr. Rastogi, supervising the ‘rescue operation,’ said the ‘golden rules of rescue operation’ such as commencing the rescue operation as early as possible by mobilising men and material at the accident site, evacuation of the injured to the hospital, removal of derailed coaches, restoration of traffic in the affected section, informing the victims’ relatives about the mishap and bringing them to the site / hospital for identifying the victims were checked during this exercise.

“All the departments concerned reacted to the accident in a commendable manner,” said Mr. Rastogi, who selected the Thaazhaiyooththu railway station with a sprawling yard for this exercise due to its proximity to Tirunelveli Railway Junction, from where the Breakdown Special was sent to the ‘accident site.’

53 trains cancelled, 37 running late due to thick fog

New Delhi (NDLS)/NR: With foggy conditions persisting in parts of north India, Northern Railway today cancelled services of 53 trains for 10 days from December 21.

Services of 53 trains including Delhi-Shamli, Jind-Ferozpur, Moradabad-Barelli, Kanpur-Prayagraj, Haridwar-Rishikesh have been cancelled for 10 days and six trains such as Amritsar-Hoshiarpur, Delhi-Sitapur are partially cancelled, said a Northern railway official.

The dense fog continued to affect the time schedule of 37 trains with many running late by more than 10 hours.

While Mahabodhi is running 22 hours late, Purvottar Sampark Kranti and Mahananda are running nine and 10 hours behind the schedule.

Railways have made arrangements to help stranded passengers at stations. More inquiry counters and additional helpline are being made operational to update commuters about train timings affected due to fog.

“An SMS service has also been started. The customers can get arrival and departure time of the train on SMS by SMSing the train number to 9717631813,” said the Northern Railway official.

वैशाली साढ़े छह घंटे, गोरखधाम आठ घंटे देर से आई

Gorakhpur Jn (GKP) गोरखपुर। ठंड के साथ-साथ कोहरे का भी असर बढ़ने लगा है। बढ़ते कोहरे ने जहां लोगों के जन-जीवन पर असर डाला है, वहीं ट्रेनों की रफ्तार पर भी असर पड़ा है। मंगलवार को कानपुर और लखनऊ के बीच घने कोहरे की वजह से दिल्ली से आने वाली महत्वपूर्ण सुपरफास्ट ट्रेनों की रफ्तार प्रभावित हुई। इसके चलते कई ट्रेनें लेट हुईं।

वैशाली एक्सप्रेस जिसके गोरखपुर पहुंचने का समय सुबह 9 बजे है, वह साढ़े तीन बजे शाम को पहुंची। गोरखधाम एक्सप्रेस अपने निर्धारित समय से आठ घंटे की देरी से गोरखपुर पहुंची। इससे यात्रियों को काफी दिक्कत हुई। इसके अलावा इसी रूट से आने वाली मथुरा-छपरा एक्सप्रेस सवा पांच बजे शाम को आई। इसके आने का समय दोपहर डेढ़ बजे है। सत्याग्रह एक्सप्रेस सवा दस बजे की जगह बारह बजे आई जबकि एलटीटी-गोरखपुर एक्सप्रेस शाम पांच बजकर 10 मिनट की जगह साढ़े सात बजे गोरखपुर पहुंची। कोहरे से ट्रेनों के इस कदर लेट होने से रेल विभाग के आधुनिक फॉग डिवाइस से ट्रेनों के संचलन को सामान्य रखने का दावा फेल होता नजर आ रहा है।

कोहरे का कहर, ट्रेनें आठ घंटे तक लेट

Faizabad Jn (FD), Lucknow Division, Northern Railway फैजाबाद। ठंड व कोहरे के चलते रेल की सवारी यात्रियों पर भारी है। संचालन व्यवस्था पटरी से उतर गई लगती है। कोहरे ने पहियों के तेज रफ्तार से चलने पर अंकुश लगा दिया है। सुदूर प्रदेशों की यात्रा करने वाले बेबस यात्री खासे परेशान हैं। यात्रा होगी या नहीं, ट्रेन आयेगी या निरस्त होेगी, यह यात्रियों के दिमाग को कचोटने लगा है। सोमवार को सभी गाड़ियां विलंब से रवाना हुईं। फैजाबाद पहुंचने वाली कोटा पटना एक्सप्रेस आठ घंटे तक लेट हो चुकी थी, जबकि दिल्ली से चलकर पश्चिम बंगाल के मालदा जाने वाली फरक्का एक्सप्रेस के छह घंटे बाद आने की संभावना थी। दिल्ली से आजमगढ़ के बीच दौड़ रही कैफियात एक्सप्रेस पांच घंटे बाद आजमगढ़ की ओर रवाना हुई।

देश की राजधानी दिल्ली से कहीं अधिक दूर का सफर तय करने वाली ट्रेनें तीन-चार घंटे विलंब से पहुंच रही हैं। सबसे खराब हालत दिल्ली से पहुंचने वाली ट्रेनों की है। ट्रेन के एक लोको पायलट का कहना था कि ट्रेनों के संचालन में ठंड नहीं, कोहरा सबसे ज्यादा बाधक बना है।

सुबह कोहरे के कारण इंजन के आगे दो फिट भी नहीं दिखाई दे रहा है। कलर लाइटें भी पास पहुंचने पर दिखाई देती हैं। ऐसी दशा में एक्सप्रेस ट्रेनों को 30 किमी प्रतिघंटा की गति से भी चला पाना जोखिम भरा हो गया है।

Railways, NDRF conduct Emergency Drill at Pune

c6_1aPune Jn (PUNE):  Around 150 personnel from the Railways and the National Disaster Response Force conducted a large-scale drill to hone skills and fine-tune procedures vital to reacting swiftly to accidents.

To tackle major accident situations effectively, Pune Railway Division and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) jointly conducted a mock drill at the Railways washing and maintenance centre, Ghorpadi on Monday. Involving 150 personnel, it was a first-of-its-kind initiative on this scale for the division.

Using various props and aids, including a rail compartment, emergency situations were created. Disaster response personnel demonstrated a rescue of trapped passengers using equipment like gas cutters and a hydraulicc lifter.

“When the bogie turns turtle and all exit points are blocked, we have to cut through the roof,” said Jitesh T M, assistant commander, NDRF. “After any mishap every Railways team like mechanical engineers, schedulers, linemen have to react immediately by co-ordinating further action.

Such exercises will be conducted at regular intervals,” he added. The drill went through the procedure laid down for such situations — a siren was sounded to alert personnel of the accident, in response to which an accident relief train and medical relief train rushed to the site with Railways officers and staff.

Then, a control room was established to collect information about victims, casualties, seriously injured and those with minor injuries and medical relief tents were set up.

Dense fog engulfs North India: List of Trains rescheduled on Northern Railway

Know-the-trains31580New Delhi (NDLS):  Northern Railway has rescheduled many trains because of dense fog enveloping the national capital region.

Hazrat Nizamuddin-Rajgarh Gondwana Express scheduled to depart from Hazrat Nizamuddin at 03.25 pm, has been rescheduled to depart at 08.00 pm. today.

The 15026 Anand Vihar Terminal-Mau Jn. Express scheduled to depart from Anand Vihar Terminal at 01.00 pm, has been rescheduled to depart at 04.30 pm.

The 12368 Anand Vihar Terminal-Bhagalpur Vikramshila Express scheduled to depart from Anand Vihar Terminal at 02.40 pm, has been rescheduled to depart at 05.30 pm. today

The 12388 Anand Vihar Terminal-Rajender Nagar Jan Sadharan Express scheduled to depart from Anand Vihar Terminal at 03.20 pm, has been rescheduled to depart at 06.30 pm. today.

The 12286 Hazrat Nizamuddin-Secunderabad Duronto Express scheduled to depart from Hazrat Nizamuddin at 03.50 pm, has been rescheduled to depart at 06.40 pm. today  ·

The 13040 Delhi Jn.-Howrah Janta Express scheduled to depart from Delhi Jn. at 03.35 pm has been rescheduled to depart at 09.40 pm. today.

The 12302 New Delhi-Howrah Kolkatta Rajdhani Express scheduled to depart from New  Delhi at 05.00 pm, has been rescheduled to depart at  06.10 pm. today.

The 12314 New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani Express scheduled to depart from New  Delhi at 04.30 pm, has been rescheduled to depart at  07.10 pm. today.

The 22812 New Delhi-Bhubneshwar Rajdhani Express scheduled to depart from New  Delhi at 05.10 pm, has been rescheduled to depart at  07.20pm.

The  12780 Hazrat Nizamuddin-Vasco de Gama Goa Express scheduled to depart from Hazrat Nizamuddin at 03.05 pm, has been rescheduled to depart at 04.15 pm. today ·

The 12191 New Delhi-Jabalpur Superfast Express scheduled to depart from New  Delhi at 02.05 pm, has been rescheduled to depart at  03.05 pm.

The 12398 New Delhi-Gaya Mahabodhi Express scheduled to depart from New  Delhi at 02.10 pm, has been rescheduled to depart at  03.45 pm.

The 12616 New Delhi-Chennai Central GT Express scheduled to depart from New  Delhi at 06.40 pm, has been rescheduled to depart at  08.00 pm.

New SCR GM meets CM, Governor; Gears up to Face the threat of cyclone ‘Lehar’

Secunderabad:  SCR General Manager Mr.P.K.Srivastava who has taken over as the general manager of South Central Railway recently, called on Governor  of AP Mr. E.S.L. Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday as a matter of courtesy and discussed the likely impact of Lehar on Railways.  Later, he reviewed the situation with senior officers including the Vijayawada Divisional Railway Manager and directed them to put the railway administration on high alert.

A control room is being set up at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad and also at the office of the DRM in Vijayawada, Guntur and Guntakal. Officials from various departments will be present 24×7 at these control rooms to monitor the situation and take action.Patrolling of railway tracks by engineering staff on foot has been taken up. Bridges, bunds, deep cuttings at vulnerable locations will be kept under watch.

Trains with engineering material will be ready at Rajahmundry (16 wagons); Krishna Canal Junction (23 wagons); Bitragunta (11 wagons); Allur Road (10 wagons) and Manubolu (8 wagons) to rush to any area requiring repairs.

Additional diesel locomotives will be kept ready to operate trains in case of any disruption in power supply to the overhead traction. Senior engineering officials will be camping at Eluru and Rajahmundry to keep a watch on the situation.

South bound trains may be Cancelled or Diverted due to cyclonic strom ‘Lehar’

Bhubaneswar: Railway passengers may have a difficult time while plying towards southern states of India, as the East Coast Railway (ECoR) is expected to change the timings of south-bound trains due to cyclonic storm Lehar.

“Train services towards South India on the Howrda-Chennai and Howrda-Secunderabad route may be affected due to the approaching cyclonic storm,” a senior ECoR official informed.

Sources said as the meteorological department has predicted heavy to heavy rainfall may occur at the southern states and some parts of the southern districts of Odisha, it will hamper the railway movements. Keeping this in mind the railway authorities are planning to divert, short-terminated or cancel some south-bound trains on Thursday due to safety reasons.

Passengers planning to travel on these routes on Thursday or later have been advised to avail all the relevant information regarding train movements from the railway inquiry services, said an official.

SCR firms up Action Plans to face Cyclone ‘Lehar’

Secunderabad:  South Central Railway has drawn up an action plan to face the situation arising out of the impending Cyclone ‘Lehar’ which is forecast to hit the coast of Andhra Pradesh in the next two days. In this connection, Shri P K Srivastava, General Manager, South Central Railway met the Chief Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh at the Secretariat today (i.e.26th Nov, 2013 and held discussions o­n the effect of the approaching cyclone and its likely impact o­n Railways.

Later, the General Manager conducted a high level review meeting o­n the issue at SCR’s headquarters – Rail Nilayam this evening with senior Zonal Railway officers including the Divisional Railway Manager, Vijayawada Division. He directed them to put the Railway administration o­n high alert and instructed all the staff concerned to remain vigilant.  He stressed o­n the need to initiate advance action towards minimising any possible inconvenience to passengers and undertake required measures to handle any emergency that may arise as a fall out of the cyclone.

Major elements of the action plan being implemented by SCR to be in readiness to face the impending cyclone are detailed below:

  1. Emergency Control Rooms will start functioning at the Headquarters – Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad and also in the DRM’s offices at Vijayawada, Guntur and Guntakal.  Officials from various departments will be present 24 x 7 at these control rooms to monitor the impact of the cyclone in the field o­n the Railway system and initiate necessary immediate action.
  2. Patrolling of the Railway Tracks by Engineering staff o­n foot has been taken up both during the day and night period all over the length of the Railway line in the coastal region that is likely to be affected by the approaching Cyclone.
  3. Bridges, bunds, deep cuttings etc. at vulnerable locations o­n the stretch of Railway track that is likely to bear the brunt of the cyclone have been put o­n continuous surveillance by positioning stationary watchmen  to ensure the safety of the railway  structures at these locations.
  4. The Locomotives of  trains running o­n the identified vulnerable coastal sections will be manned by supervisors to keep an eye o­n the water levels / safety of the areas adjoining  the Railway track.
  5. With a view to undertake immediate restoration measures in case of any unforeseen circumstances affecting the Railway track, Engineering material trains loaded with sand, boulders, cribs, girders  and quarry dust etc. have been  kept ready at different locations o­n Vijayawada Division – at Rajahmundry (16 wagons); Krishna Canal Junction (23 wagons); Bitragunta (11 wagons); Allur Road (10wagons) and Manubolu (8 wagons).
  6. To take care of any possible damage to  the Over Head Electrical structures/masts etc. due to winds, tower cars with requisite material have been stationed in all readiness at key locations.   Additional Diesel locomotive engines are also kept o­n standby to operate trains with Diesel locos in case of any disruption to OHE power supply as per need.
  7. Senior Engineering officials will be camping at Eluru and Rajahmundry and a Chief Engineer from SCR headquarters is being deputed to Vijayawada to closely watch the local situation for appropriate intervention.
  8. Close liaison is being maintained by the Railway officials with officials of the State Government to assess the intensity and direction of cyclone Lehar  and  the speed of wind/extent of rainfall in the affected sections so as to suitably change the pattern of train operations, if needed.
  9. There is a likelihood of modification in the pattern of running of trains over SCR in the wake of cyclone Lehar in the ensuing days, as per the demands of the unfolding situation. In view of the dynamically changing nature of the cyclone, a close watch is being kept o­n its likely impact o­n Railway services and any changes will be announced at the appropriate time as per need.
  10. With a view to minimize any possible inconvenience to passengers in case the Railway services get affected, Railway machinery  has been kept in readiness — to set up round – the – clock Help Lines as and when required; to open additional  enquiry counters and refund counters etc. at major  stations; to make frequent announcements at Stations; to arrange  requisite catering facilities  etc.  to meet the needs of passengers as per the situation.

Railways to use detonators in fog-prone areas

Kolkata: It was introduced by the British rulers many years ago but comes handy even today. As winter sets in, the Indian Railways mulls use of detonators, among other measures, to ensure smooth and safe movement of trains, particularly passenger trains, in fog-prone areas.

Fog impact

When fog severely impairs visibility, the detonators are used to provide audible guide to locomotive crew that the train is approaching a signal. If past experiences are any lesson, most accidents take place when the driver overshoots signal due to poor visibility.

These detonators are flat disc-shaped red colour metal container having explosives mixture that detonates with pressure as wheels of the locomotives roll.

Station masters in various fog-prone areas have already been supplied with detonators and advised to use their discretion in regard to use depending on the density of the fog.

Even railway staff posted in cabins and gates in these areas have been instructed to flash detonators to warn the loco pilots if the situation so warrants. “It is a time-tested method which is used as per procedures laid down over the years,” according to a railways spokesman.

Precautionary measures

The other precautionary measures include pasting luminous and fluorescent strips in overhead equipment, level crossings and busy sections, restricting the speed of trains between 30 km and 60 km depending on whether the foggy zone falls in the automatic signal territory or absolute block territory and extending proper counselling to loco pilots, assistant loco pilots, guards and other railway staff.

The menace of fog in winter is particularly serious in northern region but with the climate change it has started posing threat to other regions as well.

For example, wiser from the experience in past few years, East Coast Railway, having headquarters in Bhubaneswar with its network spread in half-a-dozen eastern states, has launched a special drive to tackle the menace.

It has identified the fog-prone zones within its jurisdiction and accordingly adopted various measures. “We’ve particularly advised our loco pilots to use their discretion keeping in mind the safety aspect first,” a spokesman for ECoR told

Heavy Rains leads to cancellation of NMR services for 3 days

Coimbatore, Nov 24:  Train services on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) will be cancelled between Mettupalayam and Coonoor from Sunday to Tuesday because of heavy rains and landslide near Kallar, the Salem Division of Southern Railway has said.

However, NMR train service, which is a tourists’ delight, will be operated between Coonoor and Udhagamandalam as usual.

Thiruvananthapuram Flooding: Mayor, Railways trade charges for flooding

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The face-off between the railways and corporation over waterlogging at Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station is a glaring instance of official dissent eating away precious time in the completion of projects.
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Going by official records, the widening of the culvert that runs close to KTDC hotel and passes beneath the railway lines up till Amayizhanjan canal, was first included in the people’s planning scheme of the city corporation in 1998.

Fifteen years on, the project has still not made any headway. In 2005-06, the city corporation opted out of the project citing the reason that the railways had not facilitated the work beneath the railway lines. The city roads improvement committee, formed in the same year with the chief minister as its chairman, was entrusted the task of carrying out the scheme. When the corporation received grants worth Rs 488.67 crore in the first phase of JNNURM, widening of the culvert was also included under the projects.

Later, the railways came forward to undertake the project on it’s own on condition of prepaid deposit. The initial estimate prepared by the railways for the work was Rs.10 crore. In 2010, it rose to Rs.22 crore which was later revised to Rs.18 crore. As per the agreement, the city corporation no longer holds responsibility for the project, since a city roads improvement committee had taken over the task in 2006, according to corporation officials.

The civic body directly undertakes only two projects at Thampanoor, the one-time cleaning of Amayizhanjan canal and construction of the storm water drainage project around Ponnara Sreedhar park.

“We had dissociated ourselves from this project in 2006 with the formation of the city roads improvement committee. Since JNNURM funds are to be utilized by five different agencies like PWD, KWA, sewage department, irrigation department, road fund board and city corporation, the allocation of funds is a collective responsibility,” said mayor K Chandrika.

According to railway officials, the estimate was prepared with consent from the commissioner of railway safety. “We revised the project estimate as Rs 18 crore in 2010. Till date we haven’t got any further communication indicating that we can begin the work,” said a senior railway official who added that the civic body had failed to dispose the garbage that had accumulated in the canal, which worsened the situation.

The project to widen the culvert beneath the railway lines had to be envisaged after the city lost some of it’s marshy stretches like Putharikandom and Manjalikulam four decades ago. Earlier, the waste water used to be pumped directly to Manjalikkulam, which was later levelled and converted to a ground.

It is equally puzzling to note that no minister in the state cabinet, despite personally experiencing the chaos at Thampanoor during the rains, took the initiative to sort out the issue. “During the tenure of the previous government, when Mons Joseph was the PWD minister, there was a dedicated move to ensure cooperation between all departments and try out new ideas to steer clear of the issue. But, nobody took the initiative forward,” said a PWD official.
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Mangalore-Thiruvananthapuram train services hit

MANGALORE: The train traffic at Thiruvananthapuram has been disrupted due to heavy incessant rain which has caused waterlogging on railway tracks and landslides at several places including the yard at Thiruvananthapuram Central station and Nagarcoil on Wednesday.

Hence, trains will be cancelled, regulated and partially cancelled on Wednesday. The cancelled trains are: Train No 16301 Shoranur Jn – Thiruvananthapuram Central Venad Express; Train No 16302 Thiruvananthapuram Central – Shoranur Jn. Venad Express; Train No.12075 Kozhikode – Thiruvananthapuram Central Janshatabdi Express and Train No 12076 Thiruvananthapuram Central – Kozhikode Janshatabdi Express.

The partially cancelled trains are: Train No 16649 Mangalore Central – Nagarcoil Jn. Parasuram Express will be terminated at Thrissur and will return as Train No 16650 Nagarcoil Jn.- Mangalore Central Parasuram Express. That is, Train No 16649/16650 Mangalore Central – Nagarcoil Jn.- Mangalore Central Parasuram Express has been cancelled between Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram Central on Wednesday.

Also, Train No. 12695 Chennai Central – Thiruvananthapuram Central Super fast Train has been cancelled between Kollam Jn. and Thiruvananthapuram Central. Train No.16630 Mangalore Central – Thiruvananthapuram Central Malabar Express has been cancelled between Kollam Jn. and Thiruvananthapuram Central.

20 trains to be cancelled from December 28 due to fog

New Delhi: Gearing up to meet the fog situation in the ensuing winter months, railways have decided to cancel and divert as many as 30 trains during the period.

Services of 30 trains will be affected from December 28 till February 15 next year due to the anticipated foggy condition in the northern region.

“While 20 trains have been cancelled, services of six are partially suspended and four trains will be diverted from the fog-affected routes during the period,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

The cancellation and diversion of trains is being announced in advance so that travellers can plan their alternative journeys accordingly and are put to minimum inconvenience.

Services of Jharkhand Sampark Kranti Express, Howrah- Delhi Express, Lichchvi Express and Varanasi-Dehradun Express are among the 20 trains which are being suspended from December end till February 15 next year.

The booking of all such trains will not be done and the changes will be carried in the passenger reservation system accordingly.

However, in case there is no fog, railways shall start booking for the cancelled trains within a three-day notice period.

Services of six trains including Howrah Lal Quila Express, Howrah Udan Abha Express are being partially cancelled due the expected fog in the route.

Patna-Kota Express will be diverted towards Kanpur-Farrukhabad-Mathura during this time.

Waltair Railway Division suffers Rs.50 Cr Loss due to Phailin, Torrential Rains, Agitations

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Waltair Division of the East Coast Railways (ECoR) has piled up losses of around Rs 50 crore this month due to the suspension of passenger services at various railway stations, particularly Visakhapatnam railway station, for nearly 10 days due to various factors as well as slowdown in cargo movement on its money spinner Kirandul-Kottavalasa railway line.

This includes nearly Rs 40 crore losses due to lower freight movement on the KK line and another Rs 10 crore due to passenger traffic disruptions, said railway sources. Daily about 50,000 passengers travel to various parts of the country from the division, which covers the three north coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam, besides a few parts of neighbouring Odisha.

Railway officials attributed the losses to the Samaikyandhra stir by Seemandhra electricity board employees on October 7, besides the two natural calamities – Cyclone Phailin that hit north coastal AP on October 12 and the torrential rains under the influence of northeast monsoon from October 21 to 27. Due to disruptions, more than 20,000 passengers travel from Vizag alone. But many passengers could not utilize Indian Railways services for nearly 10 days due to the disruptions in train traffic due to these three key reasons this month.

Admitting to the losses, Waltair Divisional Railway Manager Anil Kumar said the losses would be more than Rs 10 crore just on account of disruption of passenger traffic. “I have instructed my staff to prepare a report on the losses to the division due to passenger train disruptions. In terms of freight traffic, though the division did not face any track damages, particularly on the Kirandul-Kottavalasa railway line like it did last year due to Cyclone Nilam, it suffered losses on the KK line due to lack of cargo movement during the torrential rains as no mining activity was carried out by National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) at Bailadilla in Chhattisgarh during the period,” he said.

“The division, which has 38 railway stations under the three north coastal districts in addition to a couple of stations in neighbouring Odisha, on an average earns Rs 1 crore daily from passenger traffic. But because of disruptions for nearly 10 days due to the protests and track damages due to rains and cyclone Phailin, the division roughly incurred nearly Rs 10 crore losses from passenger traffic,” a senior railway official said.

The Indian Railways regulated 17 key trains, including 12 cancellations and five short-terminations, due to the strike by the electricity employees of APGenco, APTransco and Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited (EPDCL) to protest against the bifurcation of the state. The supply of 25KV power to the electric traction overhead was suspended due to the strike. As a result, all the 17 trains could not move on the Chennai-Howrah main railway line passing through Vizag, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam Road under Waltair division in the first week of this month, a senior railway official said.

While the main railway track between Palasa and Ichchapuram railway stations in Srikakulam district were damaged due to rains and cyclone Phailin, the railway line was also damaged at Yelamanchili and Narsingapalli railway station limits in Visakhapatnam district due to the recent torrential rains.

The railways were forced to suspend around 61 trains passing through Visakhapatnam to various destinations for 10 days — on October 7 due to no power, from October 11 to 13 due to cyclone and from October 24 to October 29 due to rains. Most of the trains were diverted via either Vijayawada or Vizianagaram railway stations when the railway traffic was suspended between Palasa and Ichchapuram due to heavy rains caused by Cyclone Phailin as well as the northeast monsoon.

Taking no chances against fog, Northern Railway to cancel 6 trains

Chandigarh: Thousands of passengers from various cities of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi will have to look for options in the coming months as Northern Railway has decided to cancel six trains – three pairs – of this region due to foggy conditions in the winters.

Claiming that north India remains severely affected due to fog in the winter season and safety of passengers is vital, railway officials said that a decision has been taken to cancel the trains for a month and a half.

These trains originate from Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ajmer — Amritsar-Ajmer Express 19612, Amritsar-Ajmer Express 19614 and Jalandher City-New Delhi Express 14682 – and cater to thousands of passengers across major cities of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan.

“These trains not only run late, but also create hindrance in the designated routes of other trains during winters. These will remain off track from December 28 to February 15, 2014,” a Northern Railway official said.

Anil Saxena, Additional Director General (Public Relations), Union Ministry Railways, said, “A list of 20 trains has been released as per initial information based on fog in winters. More may be added in future depending on weather conditions.”

Neeraj Sharma, central public relations officer, Northern Railway, said, “There is also an option with us to withdraw cancellation of these trains if weather remains good during that period. But such chances are remote. Therefore we are sending alerts in public interest.”

Sources said that the situation becomes difficult in foggy weather in winters due to which, trains run many hours behind scheduled timings.

Trains that will remain off track

Trains

Stations covered

Amritsar-Ajmer Express 19612

Amritsar, Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Bathinda, Hisar, Bhiwani, Rewari, Alwar, Dausa, Jaipur

Amritsar-Ajmer Express 19614

Amritsar, Ludhiana, Dhuri, Jakhal, Hisar, Charkhi Dadri, Alwar, Rajgarh, Baswa, Jaipur

Jalandhar City-New Delhi Express 14682

Jalandhar, Phagwara, Ludhiana, Doraha, Khanna, Ambala City, Ambala Cantt, Barara, Jagadhri, Saharanpur, Deoband, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut Cantt, Meerut City, Ghaziabad, New Delhi.

Over 50 trains passing through Visakhapatnam cancelled, diverted

VISAKHAPATNAM: Extensive damage to the railway tracks between Yelamanchili and Narsingapalli railway stations on the Vijayawada division of South Central Railway has forced the Railways to cancel or divert more than 50 trains that were scheduled to pass through Visakhapatnam railway station on the Chennai-Howrah main railway line on Sunday.

The Waltair division of East Coast Railway (ECoR) announced that 12728 Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam Godavari Express scheduled to leave Hyderabad at 5.15 pm on Sunday was cancelled.

Similarly, 12740 Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Garibrath Express, 12704 Secunderabad-Howrah Falaknuma Express, 07128 Hyderabad-Shalimar Special Express, 57225 Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam Passenger, 67295 Rajahmundry – Visakhapatnam Passenger, 67296 Visakhapatnam – Rajahmundry Passenger, 57256 Visakhapatnam – Kakinada Port Passenger,57255 Kakinada Port – Visakhapatnam Passenger, 18510 Nanded-Visakhapatnam Express, 17487 Tirupati-Visakhapatnam Tirumala Express, 11019 Mumbai CST – Bhubaneswar Konark Express,18495 Rameswaram – Bhubaneswar Express,12841 Howrah – Chennai Coromandel Express, 22855 Santragachi – Tirupati Express, 12867 Howrah -Puducherry Express, 16324 Shalimar-Thiruvananthapuram Express, 02863 Shalimar- Yeswantpur Special, 22605 Purulia -Villupuram Express, 12840 Chennai Central – Howrah Mail, 12840 Chennai Central – Howrah Mail, 12842 Chennai Central – Howrah Coromandel Express, Chennai Central – Howrah Coromandel Express and 12659 Nagercoil – Shalimar Gurudev Express were cancelled.

However, 12727 Visakhapatnam – Hyderabad Godavari Express which was scheduled to depart Visakhapatnam at 5.25 pm on Sunday and 12739 Visakhapatnam – Secunderabad Garibrath Express which was scheduled to depart Visakhapatnam at 8.20 pm on Sunday were partially cancelled between Visakhapatnam and Tuni railway stations. These two trains will originate from Tuni and will run to its scheduled timings to Secunderabad.

17488 Visakhapatnam – Tirupati Tirumala Express which was scheduled to depart Visakhapatnam at 2 pm on Sunday, was partially cancelled between Visakhapatnam and Rajahmundry. This train will originate from Rajahmundry and will run to its scheduled timings to Tirupati.

17015 Bhubaneswar – Secunderabad Visakha Express which was scheduled to depart at 8.35 am on Sunday was partially cancelled between Bhubaneswar and Rajahmundry. This train will originate from Rajahmundry and will run to its scheduled timings to Secunderabad.

12805 Visakhapatnam – Secunderabad Janmabhoomi Express which was scheduled to depart Visakhapatnam at 6.15 am on Sunday was partially cancelled between Visakhapatnam and Guntur. This train will originate from Guntur and will run to its schedule timings to Secunderabad.

12717 Visakhapatnam – Vijayawada Ratnachal Express which was scheduled to depart Visakhapatnam at 12.40 pm on Sunday was partially cancelled between Visakhapatnam and Rajahmundry. This train will originate from Rajahmundry and will run to its schedule timings to Vijayawada.

The railways diverted some trains on Sunday. They include 17480 Tirupati-Puri Express which left Tirupati at 10.35 am on Saturday was brought back to Vijayawada and diverted to run via Warangal, Ballarshah and Nagpur. Similarly, 18310 Nanded-Sambalpur Nagavalli Express which left Nanded, 13352 Alappuzha-Dhanbad Express, 18464 Bangalore-Bhubaneswar Prasanti Express, 02551 Yesvantpur-Kamakhya Special and 16323 Trivandrum Central-Shalimar Express were diverted via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Nagpur, Jharsuguda.

18646 Hyderabad – Howrah East Coast Express and 12513 Secunderabad – Guwahati Express were diverted to run via Kazipet, Balharshah, Nagpur, Tatanagar, Kharagpur.

12703 Howrah – Secunderabad Falaknuma Express, 18645 Howrah- Hyderabad East Coast Express, 15902 Dibrugarh- Yeswantpur Express, 12863 Howrah-Yesvantpur Express, 12839 Howrah-Chennai Mail, 12510 Guwahati-Bangalore Express and 12703 Howrah-Secundrabad Falaknuma Express were diverted via Jharsuguda- Bilaspur- Nagpur-Ballarsha.

South Eastern Railway cancels more trains to South

KOLKATA: At a time when the South Eastern Railway (SER) had hoped to resume normal train running to the south, the situation took a turn for the worse on Sunday with a major breach being detected on the tracks between Bayyavaram and Narsinghapalli stations in Andhra Pradesh. As a result, SER was forced to announce the cancellation of trains and reschedule several others.

“The trains cancelled on Sunday include the 12841 Howrah-Chennai Coromandel Express, 22855 Santragachi-Tirupati Express, 12867 Howrah-Puducherry Express and 16324 Shalimar-Thiruvananthapuram Express. The 02863 Shalimar-Yeswantpur Special and 22605 Purulia-Villupuram Express scheduled for Monday have also been cancelled. Several trains have also been diverted,” an SER officer said.

Several trains have also been rescheduled and are running late. The biggest problem for SER is the late arrival of empty rakes from south India. “The trains are running via diverted routes and reaching their destinations late. On their return journey, they are again getting delayed. This is happening as the diverted routes are already congested with regular trains. By the time the rakes are arriving back at Howrah or other stations, it is too late to run the trains. There aren’t sufficient drivers and guards to take the diverted trains through the new routes. Even passengers are facing a lot of trouble as catering facilities aren’t available everywhere,” the officer added.

On Sunday, there was report of Howrah-bound passengers demonstrating against the lack of sufficient food and drinking water. Zonal railways admitted that they are fast running out of supplies to maintain so many trains. While larger stations have the facilities to cater to additional passengers, smaller ones don’t. Given the prevailing situation, SER officials believe that it will take a few more days for services to normalise even if the weather holds, the water from the tracks recede and all repairs are completed.

Train Services in Andhra Hit Due to Heavy Rains

The waterlogging of railway tracks caused by torrential rains during the past few days between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada has resulted in cancellation or diversion of various trains.

According to railway sources, Visakha Express and Bhubaneswar-Yeshvantpur Express have been cancelled today.

The Howrah-Yeshvantpur Express, Bhubaneswar-Bangalore Prasanthi Express, Howrah Vasco Amaravati Express and Puri-Okha Express trains were diverted via Vizianagaram, Raipur and Nagpur.

The Visakha Express, Garib Rath, Falaknuma Godavari Express scheduled to arrive this morning were stopped at various places between Samalkota and Visakhaptnam as the tracks were waterlogged.

The Elamancihili railway station in Visakhapatnam district was flooded with rain water.

Heavy rains have caused big loss to agricultural and horticulture crops in the district, sources said.

Out of the three women who were earlier washed away in flood waters, the body of one was recovered in Madugula mandal and efforts were on to trace the other two victims, they said.

According to official sources, heavy rains claimed three lives in Vizianagaram district.

Besides, many parts of Srikakulam town were also facing rain fury.

Srikakulam District Collector Saurabh Gaur reviewed the situation and deployed five teams to remove encroachments on the drains.

Official sources said that were no casualties in the district. However, 125 animals died due to heavy rains.

Apart from transportation being hit, the heavy rains have also brought power supply and communication services to a grinding halt in many areas of the north coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam, the sources added.

“On account of suspension of track on Khurda Road – Palasa – Vizianagaram section of East Coast Railway and between Bayyavaram–Narsingapalli stations in Vijayawada division due to overflowing of water on tracks, some trains are cancelled, partially cancelled, diverted or rescheduled,” the South Central Railway said here today.

The trains cancelled include 12704 Secunderabad-Howrah Falaknuma Express scheduled to depart Secunderabad station here at 1600 hours tomorrow, 11019 Mumbai CST–Bhubaneswar Konark Express scheduled to depart Mumbai at 1510 hours today and 18495 Rameswaram–Bhubaneswar Express scheduled to depart Rameswaram at 0800 hours today, the release said.

Train No.17239 Guntur–Visakhapatnam Express departed 0800 hours is partially cancelled between Vijayawada – Visakhapatnam.

Train No.17229 Thiruvananthapuram–Hyderabad Sabari Express scheduled to depart Thiruvananthapuram at 0715 hours today is rescheduled to depart at 1630 hours.

Train No.12840 Chennai–Howrah Express scheduled to depart Chennai at 2340 hours yesterday is rescheduled to depart at 1430 hours today.

Train No.12842 Chennai–Howrah Express scheduled to depart Chennai at 0845 hours today is rescheduled to depart at 1900 hrs.

Train No.12510 Guwahati–Bangalore Express scheduled to depart Guwahati at 0630 hrs today is rescheduled to depart at 1500 hrs.

Train No.06335 Dibrugarh–Kochuvelli Special scheduled to depart Dibrugarh at 0015 hrs today is rescheduled to depart at 2245 hrs.

Northern railways to suspend services of 10 trains during fog

New Delhi:  At least 10 trains operating in northern India will remain cancelled for over a month starting December 28 for dense fog cover that envelopes the region during the winter, the northern railways announced today.

The trains will stop operation between December 28 and 30 and will return to service between February 15 and 17.

“This year northern railway has planned to cancel 10 express trains/passenger mails to avoid passenger inconvenience during the (foggy) period,” said a statement.

“The foggy conditions pose a great challenge to the railways, especially in the northern region of the country, in terms of operations and safety,” added the statement.

Torrential Rains damage Rail Tracks, Several trains cancelled in Andhra

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Indian Railways has regulated the services of several long distance trains passing through the Chennai-Howrah mainline via Visakhapatnam railway station due to the damages caused to railway lines at some places, particularly between Palasa (Srikakulam district) – Khurda Road (Odisha), due to the torrential rains that have been battering North Coastal Andhra over the last few days.

The trains that were cancelled on Friday included 18411/18412 Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam-Bhubaneswar Intercity Express, 17479 Puri-Tirupati Express, 58526 Visakhapatnam-Palasa Passenger, 18496 Bhubaneswar-Rameswaram Express, 22883 Puri-Yeswantpur Weekly Garibrath Express, 22817 Howrah-Mysore Weekly Express (the train is scheduled to arrive Vizag on Saturday), 02728 Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Special Express, 02727 Visakhapatnam-Secunderabad Special Express (the train is scheduled to leave Vizag on Saturday), 18447 and 18437 Bhubaneswar-Jagdalpur/Bhawanipatna Express, 18448 and 18438 Jagdalpur/ Bhawanipatna-Bhubaneswar Express, 12703 Howrah-Secunderabad Falaknuma Express, 11020 Bhubaneswar-Mumbai CST Konark Express, 12839 Howrah-Chennai Central Mail (the train is scheduled to arrive Vizag on Saturday), 58301 Sambalpur – Koraput Passenger and 58302 Koraput – Sambalpur Passenger.

The trains that were short terminated on Friday were 18402 Okha-Puri Express, which was short-terminated at Khallikot, 17016 Secunderabad-Bhubaneswar Visakha Express that was short terminated at Palasa and 17015 Visakha Express that commenced its run to Secunderabad from Palasa.

The trains that were re-scheduled on Friday include 12842 Chennai-Howrah Coromandel Express leaving Chennai on Friday was rescheduled to leave Chennai Central at 10.20 pm (13.35 hours late), 12703 Howrah – Secunderabad Faluknuma Express that was rescheduled to leave Howrah at 3 pm (7.35 hours late). Meanwhile, 17016 Secunderabad – Bhubaneswar ‘Visakha’ Express was rescheduled to leave Secunderabad at 9 pm (4 hours late), 22850 Secunderabad – Shalimar Weekly Superfast Express was rescheduled to leave at 4.50 pm (11.20 hours late), 18646 Hyderabad – Howrah East Coast Express was rescheduled to leave Hyderabad at 4.30 pm (6.30 hours late) and 12864 Yeswantpur – Howrah Superfast Express was rescheduled to leave Yeswantpur at 7 am on Saturday (11.25 hours late).

Also rescheduled was the departure of 18464 Bengaluru City – Bhubaneswar Prasanti Express to 1 am on Saturday (11 hours late) and 15902 Dibrugarh – Yeswantpur Weekly Express at 7.30 am on Saturday (13 hours late).

The trains that were diverted through alternative routes on Friday were 22881 Pune – Bhubaneswar Weekly Express, which left Pune on Thursday and was diverted to run via Vizianagaram, Titlagarah, Sambalpur and Angul, 22603 Kharagpur – Villupuram Express that was diverted via Angul, Sambalpur, Titlagarh and Vizianagaram, 12704 Secunderabad – Howrah Falaknuma Express diverted via Kazipet, Balharshah, Nagpur, Jharsuguda and Kharagpur.

Also diverted was 12509 Bengaluru – Guwahati Express via Vijayawada, Balharshah, Nagpur, Jharsuguda, 12863 Howrah – Yeswantpur Express diverted via Jharsuguda, Nagpur, Balharshah, 12508 Guwahati – Ernakulam Express diverted via Jharsuguda, Nagpur, Balharshah, 16310 Patna – Ernakulam Express was diverted via Asansol, Adra, Chakradharpur, Jharsuguda, Nagpur and Balharshah, Tribikram Mishra, divisional commercial manager, Waltair division, East Coast Railways, said in an official statement on Friday.