Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, October 11:
The East Coast Railway (ECoR) today cancelled 18402 Okha-Puri Express, scheduled to leave Okha on October 15 due to non-availability of rake following cancellation of 18401 Puri-Okha Express from Puri on October 12 in view of the strong possibility that cyclonic storm Hudhud could affect the coastal Odisha districts by noon tomorrow.
Apart from this, ECoR also decided to divert 22612 New Jalpaiguri-Chennai Express and 22614 Haldia-Chennai Express, that left New Jalpaiguri and Haldia October 10 and 11, via Khurda Road-Barang-Angul-Titilagarh-Lakholi-Nagpur and Ballarshah.
It may be mentioned that the ECoR on Friday had cancelled 40 trains. While 35 trains were cancelled in the first phase, five more trains were cancelled later in the day.
To provide quick assistance to the passengers, ECoR, apart from its helpline numbers which it had provided yesterday, added four helpline numbers today.
The four helpline numbers are:
The helpline numbers provided by the ECoR yesterday are:
Khordha Road: 0674-2490670/0674-1072/8455887999
Meanwhile, following cancellation and diversion of trains due to cyclone, ECoR has made special arrangement for opening of Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counters till 10 pm on October 12 at important stations to help the passengers in getting the refund.
Additional enquiry counters have also been opened at Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Brahmapur and Puri Stations for the benefit of the passengers, said an ECoR release today.
Taking stock of the cyclone preparedness, ECoR general manager Rajiv Vishnoi had a meeting with the senior officials in Bhubaneswar today.
It was revealed at the meeting that the Quick Action and Response teams have been deployed in the sensitive locations between Bhubaneswar and Vishakhapatnam.