KOCHI: Train services were hit in rain-ravaged Kerala on Friday after tracks were rendered unusable following landslips, flooding and by trees falling on electric cables. Even long-distance trains in the Kayamkulam-Ernakulam route via Alappuzha and the Palakkad division were cancelled.
According to a railway officer, most of the damage has happened in the Palakkad Division.
"Flooding has been reported between Palakkad- ttappalam, Shoranur-Kuttipuram and Feroke-Kallayi sections of Palakkad Division. A landslip has also been reported at Karakkad near Shoranur," said the officer.
According to him, train traffic has been affected in the Palakkad-Ernakulam, Palakkad-Shoranur and Shoranur-Kozhikode sections.
"Also, train services between Kayankulam-Ernakulam via Alappuzha will remain suspended till further notice due to unsafe weather conditions, falling of trees on to the track and subsequent disruption of rail traffic," said the officer.
Major long-distance trains running in this section will be diverted via the Kottayam line and the situation will be reviewed on Saturday morning
Due to flooding in the Palakkad division, Train No. 16344 Madurai-Thiruvananthapuram Amritha Express was cancelled.
The other trains that were cancelled on Friday were: Train No 16603 Mangaluru Central-Chennai Central Maveli Express, Train No 22207 Chennai Central-Thiruvananthapuram Bi-weekly Express and Train no 12601 Puratchi Thalaivar M.G. Ramachandran Chennai Central Mail Express.
Around eight trains were fully cancelled while 11 were partially cancelled and nine were diverted.
To help the passengers travelling towards Thiruvananthapuram from Ernakulam, the railways have arranged special trains.
"Special trains will be run on Saturday too if the situation doesn't improve," said a railway officer.
The other trains that stand fully cancelled on Saturday and Sunday:
Train No.06015 Ernakulam – Velankanni special train of 10.08.2019.
Train No.06016 Velankanni – Ernakulam special train of 11.08.2019.
Train No.16356 Mangaluru – Kochuveli express of 10.08.2019.
Train No.56380 Kayankulam – Ernakulam passenger train of 10.08.2019.
Train No.56362 / 56363 Kottayam – Nilambur Road – Kottayam passenger trains of 10.08.2019.
Train No.56305 Kottayam – Kollam passenger train of 11.08.2019.
Train No.66307 Ernakulam – Kollam MEMU train of 10.08.2019.
Train No.56365 Guruvayur – Punalur passenger train of 10.08.2019.
Train No.56366 Punalur – Guruvayur passenger train of 10.08.2019.
Train No.56388 Kayankulam – Ernakulam passenger train of 10.08.2019.
Train No.56300 Kollam – Alappuzha passenger train of 10.08.2019.
Train No.56302 Alappuzha – Ernakulam passenger train of 10.08.2019.
Train No.16841 Guruvayur – Thiruvananthapuram express train of 10.08.2019.
Train No.12076 Thiruvananthapuram – Kozhikkode Jan Shatabdi express of 10.08.2019.
Train No.12075 Kozhikkode – Thiruvananthapuram Jan Shatabdi express of 10.08.2019.
Train No.16332 Thiruvananthapuram – Mumbai CSMT express train of 10.08.2019.
Train No.22646 Thiruvananthapuram – Indore Ahilyanagari express train of 10.08.2019.
Train No.16305 Ernakulam – Kannur Intercity express train of 10.08.2019.
Train No.12217 Kochuveli – Chandigarh Kerala Sampark Kranthi express train of 10.08.2019.
Train No.16346 Thiruvananthapuram – Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Netravathi express train of 10.08.2019.
Trains Partially Cancelled
Train No.16606 Nagercoil – Mangaluru Ernad express train of 10.08.2019 is partially cancelled between Thrisur – Mangaluru.
Train No.16650 Nagercoil – Mangaluru Parasuram express train of 10.08.2019 is partially cancelled between Wadakkanchery – Mangaluru.
Diversion of Train Service
Train No.16382 Kanniyakumari – Mumbai CSMT Jayanthi Janatha express train of 10.08.2019 diverted to run via Nagercoil, Tirunelveli, Madurai, Dindigul, Karur and Erode.
Ticket refunds extended up to September 15
Rail passengers who booked the tickets in trains that were cancelled between August 7 and 10 can apply for refund upto September 15.
In a statement railway said since passengers were moving out to safer places, they were not in a position to retrieve their tickets and bring them to the station for cancellation.
“Therefore it has been decided that cancellation of tickets will be permitted upto September 15 as against the normal rule of upto three days from the date of journey,” said the statement.
The public can apply to the Railways for refund after obtaining cancellation forms at any stations. Similarly, passengers who have booked e-tickets were also permitted, as a special case, to submit claims for refund upto September 15. The refund requests should be addressed to the Chief Commercial Manager/Passenger Marketing, Southern railway, Moore Market Complex, Chennai 600003, said Railways.