Northeast floods cause  Rs 80 crore loss to railways

Massive floods in northeast, north Bihar and West Bengal has forced railways to cancel and divert nearly 800 trains causing a huge revenue loss.

Published: 19th August 2017 11:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th August 2017 04:39 PM   |  A+A-

Villagers carrying an ill relative on a charpoy while wading through waist-deep waters in Gopalganj, Bihar on Friday | PTI

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Massive floods in 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 `80 crore with `65 crore commercial loss due to cancellation of passenger and freight services and `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 recedes” said Jamshed. Railway has cancelled all trains services beyond Malda and Katihar by August 20.

No accessibility to damage sites has affected the restoration work and telecommunication network in the section is 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.

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