PURI: Rail and flight services in Odisha are likely to remain acutely disrupted over the next two days as Cyclone Fani, the most severe cyclonic storm over the east coast in nearly two decades is due to make landfall on Friday morning at around 9:30 AM.
More than 220 trains on the Kolkata-Chennai route have been cancelled until Saturday, the railway and aviation ministry officials said.
It has further been decided to cancel 10 more trains - 7 trains on 3rd May, one train on 4th May, one train on 6th May and one train on 7th May.
East Coast Railway: It has further been decided to cancel 10 more trains - 7 trains on 3rd May, one train on 4th May, one train on 6th May & one train on 7th May. Railways had earlier cancelled 147 trains from 1st to 3rd May. #CyclonicStormFANI pic.twitter.com/uuTAseYHLr
— ANI (@ANI) May 3, 2019
Railways had earlier cancelled 147 trains from 1st to 3rd May.
Here's the list of trains cancelled by the East Coast Railways on May 3:-
Originating station: Howrah
Howrah-Puri Dhauli Express
East Coast Express
Howrah-Bhubaneswar Jan Shatabdi Express
Howrah-Puri Shatabdi Express
Originating station: Santragchi
Santragchi-MGR Chennai Central AC Express
Originating station: Shalimar
Originating station: Haldia
Haldia-MGR Chennai Central Express
Originating station: Kharagpur
— ARITRA DEY (@durontorajdhani) May 2, 2019
Meanwhile, the following 6 (3 of them on diverted route*) trains are controlled at suitable locations where the East Coast Railway is having catering/ watering/AC charging facilities.
1) 18426 Durg-Puri Sambalpur dep 4:05 will be controlled at ANGUL
(300 passengers only)
2) 12802 * Purushottam Express from NewDelhi controlled at Sambalpur city station.
3) 22865 LTT MUMBAI -Puri Exp controlled at Sambalpur Main station since 6:50
4) 18402 * Okha-Puri express on diverted route approaching TITLAGARH.
5) 22973 * GANDHIDHAM-Puri EXPRESS ON DIVERTED ROUTE controlled at TITLAGARH from 0730
6) 18478 Utkal exp controlled at Rourkela from 1900 HRS yesterday.
According to Railways officials, announcements about the special trains as well as the cancellations are being made across beaches and tourists spots to help tourists.
Both railways and DGCA have issued advisories for passengers as well as operators.
Cyclone Fani is likely to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of the temple town of Puri on Friday at around 9:30 am, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph, according to India Meteorological Department.