Indian Railways today said it had taken the required steps and put its machinery on standby to manage operations in the areas which are likely to be affected by cyclone 'Phailin'.
According to a statement here, top Railway Board officials are constantly monitoring the situation and emergency control rooms have been activated at zonal and divisional levels for east coast, south-central and south-eastern zones.
General managers of these zones are personally supervising all arrangements, the statement said, adding that other zones have been put on alert to provide necessary support.
As a precautionary measure, 183 trains, including 96 mail and express trains, were fully cancelled while 22 trains have been partially cancelled, the statement said, adding that 26 trains had been diverted.
The decision to further cancel, divert or partially cancel trains will be taken after a review of the situation, the statement said. It added that that zonal railways are bringing out information bulletins at regular intervals and information was being uploaded on to websites.
Rail minister Mallikarjun Kharge has asked for measures to be taken to ensure safety and convenience of the passengers, the statement said.
Emergency arrangement of food, drinking water, medical facility and relief and rescue operations have been made at various stations.
Accident Relief Trains and Accident Relief Medical Equipments are being kept ready at base stations, the statement said.
The South Central Railway (SCR) has activated emergency control rooms at its headquarters Hyderabad and in Vijayawada, besides patrolling of railway tracks, among other measures.
The emergency cells are being manned 24X7 by senior officials from various departments to closely monitor the situation and immediately initiate necessary action, SCR said.
Special patrolling of railway tracks is being undertaken on Vijayawada division, especially covering the entire section between Vijayawada and Duvvada near Visakhapatnam, it said.
Special engineering trains carrying material including boulders, quarry dust have been kept ready at four locations at Vijayawada, Bitragunta, Rajahmundry and Vatlur under the Vijayawada division for relief operation in case of need.
Supervisors have been deputed to travel in locomotives of the trains running on Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam section to keep a watch alongside the railway tracks, particularly with regard to water level among others, the release said.
Helpline numbers have been activated at 19 railway stations covering Vijayawada, Guntur and Secunderabad Divisions to ensure flow of information to passengers on train services, the release added.
Several trains have been diverted on the SCR in view of the cyclone.
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