The Railways has also made arrangements for the emergency movement of drinking water by train to Kerala.
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 on Friday, 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.
The Railways is transporting relief material by rail to flood affected Kerala, free of cost. Consignment whether in rake of goods stock or parcel vans should be booked.
For any query please contact 97663 53772 commercial control Pune. Railways have appealed people to contact on this number of want to send relief material to Kerala.
On Saturday afternoon, the Railways sent a train with 29 wagons filled with drinking water to Kayamkulam junction in coastal part of Kerala from Pune as the flood hit state is suffering with severe shortage of drinking water.
The water train consists a total of 14.5 lakh litres of water half of which had come from Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh in 15 coaches while 14 coaches were filled at Pune, with help from Pune Fire Brigade, before dispatching them for Kayamkulam at about 2 pm on Saturday.
As per Milind Deouskar, Divisional Railway Manager (Pune), Pune Division took the initiative after Railway Ministry enquired which division had the capacity to fill the wagons with water within minimal time.
The special train will reach Kayamkulam via Daund, Wadi and Renugunta. After the train reaches the destination, Government of Kerala will distribute this water to flood affected people.
As per officials in Central Railway, Indian Railways had received a special request from the Kerala Government owing to shortage of drinking water supply in many parts of the State. The reason for choosing train for transport of water is that it has the capacity to carry huge amounts of water and also that water can be distributed to various towns via the train routes by taking the wagons to the stations nearby.