Bhubaneswar: Massive floods triggered by heavy and incessant rain in Rayagada area resulted in washing away of ballast from the railway tracks between Doikalu and Ambodala sections late night on 6th August, as a result, the East Coast Railway have cancelled/diverted a large number of passenger and Express trains running on this route.
“Due to heavy rains last night, restoration work got badly hampered at the site and much of the efforts of the whole day yesterday got wasted because of the heavy rains. It is because of this that restoration work has been badly hit as many things have to be done afresh,” the ECoR said in a press note.
One line is likely to be fit by today evening 7 PM and the second line will be fit by early morning tomorrow, the EcoR said, and added that it is planned to run a few goods trains first on the newly laid/repaired stretch so that the track settles down after which Express and Passenger Trains will be run.
Railways will continue its 24×7 vigil and keep a sharp lookout for any flooding on tracks or sudden rise in water levels near Bridges. Emergency Control Rooms are still open in Sambalpur and Bhubaneswar, the ECoR said.
Railway Bridge and Track Engineers are working day and night. This time, the work being done has been doubled because of continuous rains. Divisional Railway Manager, Sambalpur, Dr. Jayadeep Gupta, is camping at site, overseeing all restoration work, the ECoR further added.