Vijayawada: Heavy rains have been impacting train services in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as well. South Central Railway (SCR) has cancelled 32 trains and partially cancelled 57 passenger and express trains. Trains to Mumbai, Shirdi, Tirupati, Chennai have been diverted. Some services were canceled due to the ongoing Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) works, according to a release from SCR. SCR on Friday cancelled 38 trains, partially cancelled 54 services, and diverted 38 trains. The heavy rains lashing Telangana and AP have disrupted day-to-day life. Though officially not confirmed, it’s learnt that Vijayawada has been delinked with other railway routes since Thursday morning. Out of 60 trains enter the Vijayawada Railway Station, 78 trains have been diverted. Adding to this 23 passenger trains have been cancelled and nine express trains terminated, said the release.
Officials are engaged in analysing the situation and taking measures to resume train services as early as possible. The trains services that got affected include Guntur-Visakhapatnam Express (No. 17239), Tirupati-Bilaspur Express (No.17482), Bhubaneswar-Chennai Central Express (No. 12830), Puri-Tirupati Express (No. 17479), Tana-Dhanbad Alleppey Express (No. 13351) and other express trains have been cancelled.
About 17 express trains, including Chennai Central -Satragachi (No. 22808), Chennai Central – Vijayawada (No. 12077), Chennai Central- Howrah (No. 12840), Vijayawada-Secunderabad (No. 12795) and other trains have been partially cancelled.
The Route Relay Interlocking works were scheduled about five months ago and now officials started working on them. emergency contro lrooms, main control in Secunderabad, helplines are working round the clock, said SCR officials. Helplines at Secundrabad, Miryalagunda, Guntur, Renigunta, Tenali have been set up by SCR. Many passenger trains such as Vijayawada-Gudivada (Train No. 77201), Machilipatnam-Vijayawada (No. 77208), Vijayawada-Bhimavaram (No. 77231), Hubli-Vijayawada (No. 56502), Kakinada Port-Vijayawada (No. 57232), Vijayawada-Rayagada (No. 57271), Macherla-Bhimavaram (No. 57318) and other passengers have been partially cancelled.
Some of the trains that will be diverted on Thursday are: Howrah-Hyderabad (No. 18645) and the diverted route is Rajahmunrdy-Gunadala-Vijayawada Bypass-Kondapalli. Visakhapatnam-New Delhi (No. 22415), Visakhapatnam-Hazrat Nizamuddin (No. 12861), Visakhapatnam-Hyderabad (12727), Howrah-Yeswantpur (No. 12863), Mumbai LTT-Visakhapatnam (No. 18520), Nagarsol-Narsapur (17214), Ahmedabad-Chennai Central (12655), KSR Bengaluru-Bhubaneswar (18464), and Kharagpur-Vullupuram (No. 22603).
Machilipatnam-Yeswantpur Express (No. 17211), Kakinada Port-Egmore (No. 17644), Chennai Central-Bhubaneswar (No. 12829), Secunderabad –Kakinada Port Express (No. 12776) and other express trains have been cancelled on September 23.
Some of the partially cancelled express trains on Friday are: Secunderabad-Vijayawada (12714), Chennai Central-Howrah (No. 12840), and Chennai Central-Vijayawada (No. 12712).
They will be operated from the satellite and Eluru stations. SCR has diverted Howrah-Hyderabad (No. 18645), Mumbai CST-Bhubaneswar (No. 11019), SBP-H.S. Nanded (No. 18309), Sainagar Shirdi-Visakhapatnam (No. 18504), Adilabad-Tirupati (17406), Chennai Central-Ahmedabad (12656), Narsapur-Nagarsol (No. 17231) and other trains on Friday.