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Cyclone ‘Biparjoy’ Puts Western Railway On Alert, 56 Trains Heading To Coastal Gujarat Short-Terminated

Cyclone ‘Biparjoy’ is likely to make landfall near the Jakhau port in Kutch district on Thursday afternoon as a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ with maximum wind speed reaching up to 150 kilometres per hour.

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Western Railways has short-terminated more than 50 trains in Gujarat heading to coastal areas and is considering cancellation of several trains over the next three days as powerful cyclone ‘Biparjoy’ inches closer to the state’s coast.

The Western Railways in a press release said it is taking various measures including setting up disaster management rooms, help desks, and keeping relief trains ready.

The wind speed is being monitored at five locations in Bhavnagar division, at eight sites in Rajkot and at three spots in Ahmedabad division on an hourly basis and station masters have been instructed to regulate or stop trains when the wind velocity exceeds 50 kmph, it added.

According to IMD, ‘Biparjoy’ is likely to make landfall near the Jakhau port in Kutch district on Thursday afternoon as a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ with maximum wind speed reaching up to 150 kilometres per hour, said a news agency PTI in its report.

“As many as 56 trains heading to Gandhidham, Veraval, Okha, Porbandar in coastal Gujarat have been short-terminated at Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Surendranagar. Around 95 trains are being proposed for cancellation between June 13 to June 15,” it said.

The report quoting an official of Western Railways said passenger trains scheduled from June 12 onwards in the vulnerable sections are being reviewed and necessary decisions will be taken.

“Several trains have been cancelled and short-terminated as a precautionary measure in view of the safety of passengers and train operations,” the official was quoted as having said.

Cyclone Biparjoy is likely to hit the Saurashtra and Kutch regions of Gujarat, covering Bhavnagar, Rajkot and Ahmedabad divisions of the Western Railway.

As Veraval-Junagad, Porbandar-Kanalus, Rajkot-Okha and Viramgam-Gandhidham-Bhuj sections are most vulnerable to this cyclone, the WR has taken various safety and security precautions, it said.

"Restriction has been imposed on inward and outward traffic of Double Stack Container (DSC) movement as well as on inward traffic for all terminals of Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Bhavnagar divisions till June 16, with immediate effect,”  the railway official was quoted as having said.

A disaster management room has been made operational at the Western Railway headquarters in Mumbai and at divisional headquarters at Bhavnagar, Rajkot and Ahmedabad. Additionally, hotlines between them have been ensured for smooth functioning.
 

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