SCR on high 'Fani' alert

The South Central Railway (SCR) has opened emergency control rooms at Rail Nilayam and in Vijayawada division to be manned by a multi-disciplinary team of officers drawn from different departments round the clock to monitor cyclone Fani.

General Manager Gajanan Mallya convened a disaster preparedness meeting with officials of various departments on Thursday where decisions were taken on the following measures: Railways will maintain a continuous liaison with the State Disaster Management Centre to update the possible effect of the cyclone and keep a watch on water levels of Railway Affected Tanks (RATs) near tracks on a continuous basis.

Trains running on sections between Vijayawada - Visakhapatnam - Bhubaneshwar are being cancelled/diverted/short terminated. All stations between Rajahmundry and Duvvada will be manned and monitored by officials on a 24/7 basis and extra locomotives are being stationed at important locations.

Power cars, diesel generators, tower cars, accident relief trains and medical teams are kept in readiness on Vijayawada with foot patrol to be taken up by engineering staff along with trackmen even while watchmen stationed at vulnerable locations like important bridges, cuttings etc., will be on a continuous watch for track safety. Trains loaded with sand, boulders, cement bags and quarry dust etc. are kept ready at important stations for immediate mobilisation and additional staff to maintain security, cleanliness, hygiene, catering services, electrical services etc., are being deployed with arrangements in place to ensure availability of water and food, if need be, with support of voluntary bodies.

Catering stall contractors, authorised vendors, pantry car managers have been instructed to keep adequate stocks of food items, water etc., to take care of catering needs of passengers. Help desks are being set up at all important railway stations to disseminate information, official spokesman Ch. Rakesh informed.

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