Rail line washed away in floods to be restored

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BHUBANESWAR : The East Coast Railway has now set a deadline to restore the Naupada-Gunupur rail line, which connected Paralakhemundi and Naupada stations and had been severely damaged in the floods caused by cyclone Titli.

Sources in ECoR said the single line in this section, which was washed away entirely at two places on the night of October 11, would be made functional by Tuesday.

The sources also said a team had begun work on the restoration after flood waters receded in the area. “After completion of the work, we will conduct a test run on Wednesday to see if the rail line is fit. After that, we will allow passenger trains to run along it,” said ECoR’s chief public relations officer J P Mishra.

A senior officer of the Waltair division of ECoR said a portion of the tracks near Peddasana station in Andhra Pradesh and another portion near Patapatnam station on the Andhra-Odisha border were washed away in the floods that took place after cyclone Titli made landfall.

“The most challenging task was to create an approach road to reach the damaged tracks. The work was delayed after the approach road we initially built was damaged,” said the senior railway officer.

ECoR workers have had to fill earth and other material in the damaged portions to raise them to the appropriate height that would facilitate the running of trains. It has already restored the damaged portion near Peddasana; work is still on near Patapatnam station.

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