Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday urged the Railway Ministry for immediate restoration of all coaching trains over Rayagada-Singapur Road in Sambalpur Division of East Coast Railway affected due to recent flash floods. “I would request you to take necessary steps to address the transportation needs of the distressed people by ensuring immediate resumption of all coaching trains over this affected section and also get the second bridge commissioned in this section within the least possible time as a long term solution,” Patnaik wrote to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. Drawing the Railway Minister’s attention to the incident of a railway bridge getting washed away by the recent flash flood between Rayagada and Singapur Road station in Sambalpur division of the ECoR,... more...
Patnaik said this section connects large hinterland of Odisha covering the districts of Koraput, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Bolangir and others. It is learnt that with the present situation of single line working, ECoR is not likely to run more than 50 per cent of the coaching trains that are supposed to ply over these areas, Patnaik said adding that as of on Thursday, five pairs of coaching trains have been cancelled fully and further 8 pairs are being diverted via Raipur, Nagpur, Bhopal route bypassing most of Odisha. As per the information, the Railways have planned to resume full coaching service only after rebuilding of a new bridge, which is likely to take upto eight months, he said. As this section is also used to pass freight trains, there is a compromise on coaching train operations against the need to run all goods train. The timeline envisaged by the Railways full restoration of all coaching trains is creating a large scale discontentment amongst rail users of these affected areas, he stated in the letter. The people of the affected districts are already distressed with floods and are struggling with their livelihood issues connected with rebuilding of houses and restoring of economic activities. “As you are aware, there are large districts with huge tribal population and are also affected by the means of left wing extremism. Considering the specific concerns of these areas, it is essentially required that the full coaching service of the railways are restored at the earliest,” Patnaik said.
Finally, after a gruelling struggle against all odds, the rail traffic between Rayagada and Theruvali has been restored with some restrictions. The speed on the approach of the bridges is restricted to 10 kmph with extreme cautious lookout for any warning sign.
Work on the pillars of the bridge still continuing. Hundreds of labourers and dozens of machines are on the job. The traffic resumption has been done due to large number of trains getting cancelled/run on diverted routes, etc. Still, we cannot say that normal train operations have resumed.... more...
One bridge is lying damaged and the other one has just been made fit enough to run with highly restricted speed. Not all trains will be able to pass through the route as the route capacity to run trains has got squeezed.
Some trains may remain cancelled for some time while some other trains may be run on diverted routes. A few important trains will, however, resume service now. Situation under watch. Position being updated from the site regularly.
General Manager Sri Umesh Singh, who was camping there continuously, left the site only after the first engine trial on the repaired bridge was done successfully.
CANCELLATION & SHORT TERMINATION OF TRAINS
TRAINS TO REMAIN CANCELLED TILL FURTHER ADVICE 01.58527/58528 Raipur-Visakhapatnam-Raipur Passenger
Due to heavy rains and water flowing above danger level on Bridge No. 588 between Singapur-Therubali in Rayagada-Titlagarh Section of Sambalpur Divison of East Coast Railway the following trains are cancelled/diverted as detailed below:- Cancellation: 1)Train No. 12755 Sambalpur-H.S.Nanded Nagavali Express is cancelled on 16thJuly, 2017. 2)Train No. 12756 H.S.Nanded-Sambalpur Nagavali Express is cancelled on 17thJuly, 2017. 3)Train... more...
No. 17481 Bilaspur-Tirupati Express is cancelled on 18thJuly, 2017. 4)Train No. 17482 Tirupati-Bilaspur Express is cancelled on 20thJuly, 2017. Diversion: 1)Train No. 13352 Alappuzha-Dhanbad Bokoro Express left Alappuzha on 15thJuly, 2017 is diverted to run via Vizainagaram, Khurda Rd, Angul, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda stations. 2)Train No. 12808 H.Nizamuddin-Visakhapatnam Samata Express left H.Nizamuddin on 15th July, 2017 is diverted to run via Titlagarh, Sambalpur, Nangal, Khurda Rd, Vizainagaram stations. 3)Train No. 12756 H.S.Nanded-Sambalpur Nagavali Express left H.S.Nanded on 15thJuly, 2017 is diverted to run via Vizainagaram, Khurda Rd, Angul stations. 4)Train No. 22847 Visakhapatnam-Mumbai LTT Express left Visakhapatnam on 16th July, 2017 is diverted to run via Vizainagaram, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Kazipet, Wadi and Pune stations.
The state government today sought the help of army and air force as the flood situation in Rayagada and Kalahandi worsened. The rail traffic on the VizianagaramRaipur route were disrupted after a bridge between Theruvali and Singapur in the Rayagada-Titilagarh section had been washed away by flood waters. Nagavalli and Kalyani, the two major rivers in the Rayagada-Kalahandi belt, are in spate. The flash floods in Rayagada district have left thousands of people marooned. Schools in Kalayansinghpur block of the district have been closed and the government officials' leave cancelled. Indian... more...
Army personnel and the Air Force helicopters are being mobilised," said chief minister Naveen Patnaik after reviewing the flood situation here today. Official sources said two Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force teams, apart from fire services and the CRPF units, were deployed for relief and rescue operations. "Four helicopters of the Indian Air Force have been requisitioned for air dropping of food packets in the marooned areas," said special relief commissioner Bishnupada Sethi. "In case of necessity, marooned people will be airlifted to safer places," said Sethi. Several trains were cancelled or diverted as the railway bridge between Theruvali and Singapur road railway stations was washed away. Sukanta Mishra, 50, who is travelling from Hyderabad to Bargarh by the SambalpurNanded Nagavalli Express, said: "We have been stranded near Bobili junction since noon. Officials have told us that the train would be diverted. So, we will have to travel extra 17 hours to reach our destination." In another development, the state government has geared up its official machinery to tackle the situation and face the possible floods in south Odisha as weathermen have predicted heavy rain in the region. Meteorology centre director Sarat Chandra Sahu said: "Heavy rain is likely to occur in all the southern districts till July 18 under influence of the depression formed over the Bay of Bengal." Road communication between Rayagada and Bhawanipatna was affected and Kalayansinghpur block was cut off from its adjoining areas. Three bridges swept away in the floods at Kalyansinghpur. The flood water is flowing on the roads in many areas. Twelve villages of Kalyansinghpur and Rayagada blocks have been affected by the flash floods, according to the preliminary report. Heavy rainfall also created havoc in many areas of Kalahandi district. The Hati river's water level rose above the danger mark and flood water was flowing above bridges and roads cutting off communication to Nabarangpur, Nuapada and Kalahandi districts. Official sources said more than 400mm rainfall had been recorded in Kalahandi in the past 24 hours. Development commissioner R. Balakrishnan has been asked to coordinate with all departments. Balakrishnan, who held two meetings today to coordinate the response activities, said: "A new WhatsApp group has been opened for monitoring the situation." Rayagada district collector has been asked to provide emergency relief to the affected people for seven days. All neighbouring districts have been asked to provide required manpower and material support to the Rayagada district administration, said official sources.
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