Northeast floods: 80 crore loss to railways as 800 trains cancelled

Railway Board Member Traffic Md Jamshed said tracks in parts of northeast are under water and entry to Northeast Frontier Railway is stopped.

Published: 18th August 2017 08:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th August 2017 08:02 PM   |  A+A-

People walking on the flooded railway tracks at Jokhalabandha in Nagaon district of Assam on Monday. | PTI

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Massive floods in the northeast, north Bihar and West Bengal has forced railways to cancel and divert nearly 800 trains causing a revenue loss of Rs 80 crore in last 10 days, said a senior Railway Board official.

Calling floods this time as “unprecedented”, Railway Board Member Traffic Md Jamshed said tracks in parts of northeast region are totally under water and entry to Northeast Frontier Railway is completely stopped.    

According to Railway Board, 445 trains were cancelled, 151 partially cancelled and 4 diverted in northeast frontier railway while 66 trains were cancelled, 105 partially cancelled and 28 diverted in East central Railways between August 10-18.

The cancellation of trains has caused a loss of Rs 80 crore with Rs 65 crore commercial loss due to the cancellation of passenger and freight services and Rs 15 crore as track repair damage.

“We are taking stock of the situation regularly and water level in some areas is still high but has started to recede. We will be able to access the exact damage after water receded,” said Jamshed.

Railway has cancelled all trains services beyond Malda and Katihar by August 20 but inter-state connectivity on some sections in West Bengal and Assam is being operated. No accessibility to damage sites has affected the restoration work and telecommunication network in the entire section is also badly affected.

Some of the bridges are also damaged by flooding and it will take time for restoring trains services on the section, said a railway officer, adding that the exact damage would only be calculated after water recedes.

Heavy rains in the northeast region have caused unprecedented damage in the region with several lakhs affected.

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