New Delhi: Keeping in mind the safety of passengers, East Coast Railway has decided to cancel the services of 38 trains on October 12 when cyclone 'Hudhud' is expected to hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
"We do not want even a single casualty as our passengers safety is foremost in our agenda. Hence, we have decided to cancel 38 the trains on the Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam route from 6 am on October 12 and during that time the entire section would be closed to all mail express and passenger trains," ECoR CPRO J P Mishra said.
According to the Met department, Cyclone Hudhud, which is to transform into a "very severe cyclonic storm", is expected to hit Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coast on October 12.
The cancelled passenger trains include Bhubaneswar-Bangalore Prashanti Express, Bhubaneswar-Visakhpatnam Intercity, Bhubaneswar-Yesvantpur, Bhubaneswar-Secunderabad Visakha Express, Puri-Okha Express, Bhubaneswar-Tirupaty Express, Puri-Tirupaty Express, Bhubaneswar-Mumbai Konark Express, Puri-Chennai Express etc.
Some of the trains originating from Howrah and bound for the southern states would be diverted via Raipur and Nagpur section.
Mr Mishra said they have planned for early restoration of train services and railway track, should they be affected.
Positioning of special teams for early restoration of tracks, signaling system and electrification has also been ensured.