Hyderabad: With a view to handle any requirement or emergent situation on Railways, arising due to the impending ‘Cyclone Phethai’ expected to make a land fall on the Andhra Pradesh coast by Monday (17th December), the South Central Railway has made elaborate arrangements to ensure that rail services are handled with utmost safety and convenience of rail passengers.
SCR General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav has instructed the Divisional Railway manager’s of the Divisions which are likely to bear the direct and indirect impact of the cyclone to formalize all the requirements to handle any emergency and keep the officers and staff ready for undertaking any relief work in case of need.
Extensive patrolling of the railway tracks is being continuously undertaken to ensure safe movement of trains and to regulate any services in case of need.
All the Station Masters of stations on the coastal belt of Andhra Pradesh have been advised to maintain close liaison with the State authorities and with higher Railway Officials, for proper co-ordination.
They will also be reaching out to the needy rail users for arranging any requirement in terms of food, resting and other such requirements that can arise.
Helpline Control to monitor the situation on a 24 x 7 basis has been put into operation at Vijayawada. The following are the Helpline numbers: 1) At Vijayawada – 9121271340, 9121271447, 0866-2576924. 2) At Guntur are – 9701379981, 0863-2254161 and 3) At Guntakal are — 9701374075, 08552-220305.