Indian Railways doing EVERYTHING to help people in Kerala: Piyush Goyal, Railway Minister

While rakes of 14 trains with drinking water is sent from Pune, 15 rakes of mail already set off from Gujarat’s Ratlam.

NEW DELHI: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that his ministry was doing everything to help people stranded in flood-hit Kerala. According to state disaster management authority, 194 people have lost their lives and 36 are missing in Kerala since August 8 due to rains and landslides, while over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.

“We are concerned about the well being of people affected by Kerala floods & the Central government is committed to providing all possible help. Railways will now provide free transportation of relief material for Kerala through various State Govt. agencies, PSUs and other Government agencies,” Goyal tweeted.

While rakes of 14 trains with drinking water is being sent from Pune, 15 rakes of mail will set off from Gujarat’s Ratlam.

According to a statement by railways yesterday, a special train with seven open wagons (BRN) containing tanks carrying 2.8 lakh litre of drinking water was dispatched from Erode station in Tamil Nadu on Friday. The Railways has made arrangements for the emergency movement of drinking water by this train to Kerala.

In order to get Kerala connected, trains are run to various destinations through the available diverted route of Erode, Dindigul, Karur, Tirunelveli and Nagercoil. Many specials are run between Ernakulam to Thiruvananthapuram via Alappuzha as the route between kayamkulam via Kottayam to Ernakulam is suspended in view of floods and landslides. Ernakulam – Shoranur section via Aluva continue to remained suspended in view of damages of track at various places. Trains are also run between Palakkad to various destinations to enable passengers to move daily. Kozhikkode and Tirur is cleared on war foot basis and efforts are on to restore Tirur – Kuttipuram section.

Higher level meeting of Principle Chief Operations Manager, Chief Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Principle Chief Signal and Telecom Engineer is held at frequent intervals by GM and AGM to review the situation and provide all direction and support to Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram Divisions. Railway employees and staff are deployed at all stations.

Flood Relief Measures & Assistance to State Government and Stranded Passengers by Railways

1)   To evacuate the stranded passengers 15 passenger special trains (10 in Palghat Division and 5 in Trivandrum Division) were operated on 17-8-18  and 21 passenger special trains (14 in Palghat Division and 7 in Trivandrum Division) on 18-8-18 were operated.

2)   2,580 cartons containing 30,960 one litre Rail Neer water bottles handed over to District Collector, Palakkad on 18-8-18 by Divisional Railway Manager, Palakkad.

3)   All catering stalls are being kept opened round-the-clock to cater the needs of stranded passengers at major Railway stations. Catering units are also having adequate quantity of stocks with them.

4)   Co-ordinating with local NGO’s for distribution of food packets at Shoranur and Kozhikode Railway stations for the stranded passengers.

5)   Emergency help desk are being operated at Palakkad, Kozhikode, Shoranur, Kannur, Mangalore Central, Trivandrum, Erankulam, Kochuveli, Kollam, Thrissur and Alleppey Railway Stations for assisting passengers. Emergency help line numbers are shared with District Authorities.

6)   Emergency medical care Centres at various stations including Shoranur, Nagercoil, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Ernakulam Railway Stations are functioning for stranded passengers.

7)   Nearby schools and temple halls have been arranged for accommodating stranded passengers at Shoranur and Kozhikode.

8)   Accommodations have been arranged to the transit passengers at Pattambi and Pallipuram Panchayat community halls with the help of District authorities.

9)   Liaisoned with Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) for road bridging of passengers stranded at various stations including Palakkad, Kozhikode & Tirur Railway stations.

10)    Regular and continuous announcements are being ensured at all Railway Stations on availability of trains to facilitate passengers for further onward movement.

RELIEF MATERIAL COLLECTION COUNTER – HELPING HAND FOR KERALA FLOOD

Railways has always done its duty in times of natural calamities to help society. Because of the floods in Kerala, daily life has been thrown out of gear.

Thus, In order to be part of the helping hand and at this juncture of natural calamity in Kerala, Triruchchirappalli Railway Division has come forward and opened one Collection Counter for collecting Relief Material for Kerala Flood at the Railway Parcel Office, Tiruchchirappalli. 

Relief materials are being collected at this center and send to Kerala by various modes of transport viz., train and road. Generous donors willing to donate materials for the flood victims are requested to come forward and deposit the same at the Parcel Office Counter, Tiruchchirappalli. The materials will be sent in various lots to Kerala.

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