SCR reviews preparedness for “Michaung” Cyclone, issues advisory for passengers

Hyderabad: South Central Railway (SCR) Additional General Manager R. Dhananjayulu held a review meeting with Vijayawada, Guntur and Guntakal Divisions along with Principal Heads of the Department in view of the impending “Michaung” cyclone. The Additional General Manager reviewed the various steps being taken by the Railways to tackle the cyclone.

He reviewed the position of the Monsoon reserve stock at various depots and directed the officials for the judicial deployment of the stock at different places. He directed the Officials to closely monitor the path of the Cyclone for undertaking necessary measures. He also advised officials to closely liaison with the State Government for monitoring the position of Railway affecting tanks in the section to ensure safety of track and train operations. He also directed to ensure Monsoon patrolling of the tracks in the likely affected sections. Stationary watchmen are also being posted at all vulnerable bridges and locations to get real time information.

In addition, the Officials also informed that the position of vulnerable Road Under Bridges (RUBs) is being closely monitored and necessary arrangements for pumping out of water, if any is also being made. The Officials also appraised that sufficient quantity of Sandbags and Ballast are being stocked at vulnerable locations to undertake any restoration work within shortest time period. Importantly, night time foot plating of Officials is being done by the Officers to keep a watch of the tracks in these vulnerable sections.

In view of the cyclonic weather conditions prevailing in the South Coastal region of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu due to the impending severe cyclonic storm, there is a likelihood of change in the pattern of train services in this region in the next couple of days in the interest of safety to the train operations and passengers. The possibility of heavy rains along with high speed winds in the coastal region over South Central Railway may affect the train operations.

The train services scheduled to be run in the affected sections is likely to be altered during this period. They are likely to be diverted, rescheduled, partially cancelled or cancelled as per the demands of the situation.Passengers are requested to please plan their rail journeys keeping in view the above factor and may check from the Railway authorities about the actual position of the running of the trains before undertaking their journey. For any train related enquiry during these period, passengers may kindly contact the authorities at the nearest Railway station. (INN)

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