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Dec 16 2016 (08:03)  Railway infrastructure takes severe beating (www.thehindu.com)
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Railway installations — be it power supply cables, signal posts and utilities in railway stations — have all taken a severe beating in the cyclone that is expected to cost them dearly. While no official figure has been shared, sources in Southern Railway have pegged modest estimates to run into a few hundred crores of rupees.
“Our immediate priority was to put trains back on their rails and to ensure restoration of all services at the earliest.
“All our engineering, electrical, maintenance, track and most of the commercial and even non-technical and non-field
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staff were on duty without minding the long hours.
“Even on Wednesday, some long-distance trains from Chennai Central and Egmore had to be cancelled or re-scheduled, but from Thursday onwards, there should not be disturbance to passenger traffic movement,” said a senior railway official, adding that over 75 trains were cancelled so far.
The damage to rail infrastructure has been on an unprecedented scale. It was mostly restricted to Chennai Division, but the magnitude of the damage was so large that it had its repurcussions in other zones of the Railways too.
Officials updated information on micro blogging site Twitter on Wednesday morning about the complete resumption of all suburban services with restoration of electrical multiple units on the Chennai Beach-Chengalpattu-Tirumalpur section.
In Chennai city, damage to railway stations has been mostly to roof of the shelters, snapping of overhead power supply lines and communication cable being tossed about.
K.Manikandan
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