With cyclone Phailin set to hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coasts this evening,the Railways have cancelled all trains between Howrah and Visakhapatnam as a precautionary measure.
While it had announced to cancel some passenger trains on Friday,Railways decided to suspend movement of all trains today in view of the cyclone.
“All trains between Howrah and Visakhapatnam will remain suspended today and are also likely to remain suspended tomorrow,” a senior East Coast Railway official said.
The trains which have been cancelled include Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam Intercity Express,Bhubaneswar-Tirupathy S/F Express,Bhubaneswar-Secunderabad Visakha Express,Guntur-Visakhapatnam-Guntur Simhadri Express,Howrah-Bhubaneswar Janshatabdi Express,Howrah-Puri Shatabdi Express and Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express.
While,Yesvantpur-Bhubaneswar Prasanti Express and Secunderabad-Bhubaneswar Visakha Express have been short terminated at Vishakapatnam.
The railway administration has also decided to divert the routes of several other trains running between Howrah and Chennai.
Two trains which have been diverted via Vizianagaram and Jharsuguda are Tiruchirapalli-Howrah and Chennai-Howrah Mail.
The trains diverted via Chakradharpur and Bilaspur are Howrah-Chennai Falaknuma Express,Howrah-Yashvantpur Duronto Express,Haldia-Chennai S/F Express,Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express.
Guwahati-Trivandrum Express has been diverted via Vizianagaram and Jharsuguda,they said.
Cyclonic storm Phailin is currently positioned just 260 km off the coast of Gopalpur in Odisha,which is likely to be epicentre of the storm.
South Eastern Railway spokesperson S Majumdar said all Puri-bound trains leaving from Kolkata,Howrah and Satragachi stations today were cancelled.
The Special Satragachi-Puri and Special Sealdah-Puri trains on October 13 have been cancelled,he said.
Howrah-Bhuwaneswar,Howrah-Vas-Co-Da-Gama Amravati Express,Satragachi-Chennai Express,Kharagpur-Khurda passenger,all leaving today,were also cancelled.
Besides,12 other trains in different directions were also cancelled.
All Howrah-bound mail/express trains leaving Puri today have been cancelled by East Coast Railway.
The trains to be diverted today include Howrah-Secundrabad Falaknuma Express,Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express,Howrah-Yesvantpur Duronto Express,Howrah-Chennai Coromondal Express leaving Howrah,Howrah-Yesvantpur Express,Howrah Chennai Mail leaving Howrah and Howrah-Sambalpur Express leaving Howrah.
Haldia-Chennai Express,Tiruchchirapalli-Howrah Express,Chennai-Howrah Mail arriving Howrah tomorrow will be diverted,he said.
Yesvantpur-Howrah Express which left Yesvantpur on October 11,Chennai-Howrah Coromondal Express scheduled to leave Chennai on Saturday,Hyderabad-Howrah East Coast Express leaving Hyderabad and Secundrabad-Howrah Falaknuma
Express leaving Secundrabad today were being diverted,he said.