Odisha: Special train ride to Puri, services may resume soon

BHUBANESWAR: The (ECoR) On Tuesday Had A Special Train To Puri Before Resuming Full Service. Since The Overhead Electric (OHE) Wires Are Damaged In The, The Railroad Area Has Run The Train With A Diesel Engine.

The Special Train Departed At 9.45 And Reached Puri Around 13.00. Trains Take About An Hour To Reach Puri, But It Took More Than Three Hours Because Of The Huge Damage To The Route. This Train Returned To Khurda Road Towards The Evening.

This Train Reached Puri Safely Because Of The Clearing Up Of A Train That Was Run To The Beach On A Test Base On Monday By Clearing Obstacles. The Test Train Began Its Journey At 7.40 Am From Khurda Road And Reached Puri At 12.10 Pm On Monday. It Took Four And A Half Hours Because Of The Huge Damage To The Route.

The Train With Specialized Staff Had Been Queued By Mowing Trees And Other Things On The Runway. They Made Extra Efforts To Clean Up Debris And Damage Between Malatipatpur And Puri Station, Said An ECoR Spokesperson.

It Is A Big Thing For Us That We Ventured Into The Area Destroyed By The Cyclone. ECOR General Manager Vidya Bhushan Visited Puri And Rated Restoration Works. We Will Soon Start A Number Of Special Trains From Puri Or The Nearby Stations, Said A Higher Railroad Officer.

Bhubaneswar On Tuesday Witnessed More Than 70 Trains (both Originated And Passing). More Than 12 Trains Were Canceled.

Monday The Progress Of The Railway Repair Process In The Affected Areas Had Been Assessed With ECoR GM. The Railroad Zone Informed Him Of The Huge Damage To Railway Properties In The Cyclone.

ECoR Sources Said 60 OHEs Over 2200 Track Kilometers Are Uprooted Or Damaged In The Storm. The Puri Coaching Depot Was Completely Damaged. In Addition, 35 Signals, 20 Crossing Gates, 15 Electrical Substations, The Roof Of Many Platforms And Stations And Trees Fell At 200 Work Locations In The Railways.