BHUBANESWAR: The East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Sunday cancelled at least 12 trains running on Titlagarh-Rayagada route due to flash floods triggered by heavy rains. A railway bridge between Theruvali and Sigpur stations on the route was washed away at about 11 am affecting railway services.
The Durg-Jagadalpur passenger, Raipur-Visakhapatnam passenger, Durg-Visakhapatnam passenger, Sambalpur-Koraput passenger, Sambalpur-Rayagada express, Rourkela-Koraput express, Durg-Jagdalpur express, Sambalpur-Nanded express and Bilaspur-Tirupati express have been cancelled from Sunday onwards.
The Jagdalpur-Howrah Samaleswari express, Visakhapatnam-LTT express, Nanded-Sambalpur express, Vijayawada-Rayagada passenger, Nizamuddin-Visakhapatnam Samata express and Raipur-Visakhapatnam passenger have been controlled en-route. At least five trains on the route were diverted on Sunday.
Howrah-Jagdalpur Samaleswari Express leaving Howrah on Sunday will be short terminated at Titlagarh and return to origin point on Monday. General Manager Umesh Singh directed restoration work on high priority. Senior officers have rushed to the site with men and materials. Work will start once the flood water recedes, he added. “Prompt response by Gangmen averted mishaps as a couple of goods train were scheduled to pass over the ‘Bridge 585’ between 10:45 am and 11:30 am. Principal Chief Engineer of Railways has directed local divisions to press all available resources for early restoration of traffic,” the official added.