STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bhubaneswar, 24 October
The railway authorities diverted as many as 29 trains due to heavy flood and water logging of tracks in many areas. “A total of 29 trains were diverted on alternative routes while three trains remained cancelled between Bhubaneswar and Palasa,” said a senior official in East Coast Railway (ECoR).
While the down main line at Ichhapuram near Palasa on Howrah-Chennai trunk route has been made functional, with restricted speed, after remaining suspended for more than 18 hours, three trains were run ex-Palasa to Visakhapatnam, Secunderabad and Tirupati.
Many trains ex-Howrah to south India remained diverted through alternative routes via Kharagpur-Jharsuguda-Nagpur. “Limited train services were resumed in the afternoon. Bhubaneswar-Chennai Express, Bhubaneswar-Mumbai Konark Express, Puri-Ahmedabad Express, Hirakhand Express and some passenger trains are being run on this route,” the official said. Observing that the Up line remained waterlogged, he informed that a decision on train running would be taken after the rains subside. “There will be a constraint to run more trains. A large number of trains carrying coal to powerhouses will also be affected as primacy will be given to express and passenger trains,” he said.