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.
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