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News Entry# 288559
Dec 14 2016 (07:51)  Rail services still off track, 41 trains cancelled (
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CHENNAI: Southern Railway's train operations continued to reel under the impact of cyclone Vardah for the second day on Tuesday as 41 express and mail trains to and from Chennai Central and Egmore were cancelled. Several others were rescheduled and diverted.
Special trains were operated to assist stranded passengers.
The main issues were damage to over-head lines in all sections, backlog of cancelled and delayed trains due to yesterday's mayhem and lack of power supply. Speed restrictions were put in place for trains coming to Chennai from Vijayawada and Bengaluru.
trains scheduled for Wednesday, Train 16604 Thiruvananthapuram-Mangaluru express, 16188 Ernakulam-Karaikal Express, 16854 Tiruchchirappalli-Chennai Egmore Cholan Express and 12680 Coimbatore-Chennai Central Intercity Express, have been cancelled.
The Chennai-Ahmedabad Navjeevan Express will depart only at 3pm on Wednesday, instead of the scheduled 9:35am.
On Thursday, Tuesday's Podhigai Express from Shengottai will start at 6am, Nellai Express from Tirunelveli at 6.30am, Rameshwaram-Egmore Express at 7.30am, and Pearl City Express from Tuticorin at 11am.
However, the Chennai division managed to operate suburban trains early Tuesday. At 6am, EMU trains on the Moore Market Complex (MMC)-Arakkonam and Gummidipoondi-Sullurpeta sections were started, one every hour.
Track conditions were inspected and restored in phases on the Chennai-Tiruvallur-Arakkonam sections and power supply was restored in phases after checking overhead traction equipment, an official statement said.
There were breaches on the Beach-Tambaram-Chengalpet section and lack of power supply from Tambaram substation of TNEB meant that services were not started until 2:30pm. Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) services between Chennai Beach and Velachery started at 9pm.
The restoration was delayed as TNEB power from the Chintadripet unit was not available.
A divisional monitoring cell was formed to oversee the situation, assess damage and repair it.
Many passengers in trains which were curtailed at intermediate stations were assisted by railway officers to the nearest bus stops to enable them reach Chennai.
Passengers on the Alleppey-Dhanbad Express, stranded outside Chennai, were provided food from the IRCTC fast-food unit.
In a departure from rules, smaller catering units were allowed to vend their food and drink items on trains considering the extraordinary situation, officials said.
Passengers on the Bengaluru-Chennai Mail were provided food and accommodation at the Islamic College in Vaniyambadi on Monday till train services resumed.
Around 50 passengers travelled back to KSR Bengaluru in the rake of train 12658 and 20 passengers arrived at Katpadi by train 66020 Salem Passenger.
At Sholingur, for passengers of the Coimbatore-Chennai inter-city express, 12 buses (each bus carrying 75 passengers) were arranged to Chennai. All passengers were provided refreshments. Dinner was also provided, sources said.
The above arrangements were made in coordination with the district collector and the thasildar.
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