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CHENNAI: Hundreds of passengers remained stranded at varied railway stations in and across the metropolis as over 30 trains have been delayed by 60 minutes to 3 hours after tracks submerged as a result of heavy rains on Sunday.
As bridges additionally obtained inundated between Egmore and Park, suburban prepare service was cancelled between Chennai Seaside and Egmore until 4 pm. Nevertheless, buses operated unaffected. All of the long-distance buses operated as much as CMBT and different main bus stands. MTC buses additionally operated.
Because the quick strains between Basin Bridge and Chennai Central have been totally submerged, trains originating from Central station initially operated at 20 kmph. As rains continued, Central-bound specific trains weren’t allowed past Perambur.
North India-bound long-distance trains — Alleppey-Dhanbad Particular, Kochuveli-Gorakhpur Particular, Korba-Kochuveli Particular, and Dhanbad-Alleppey Particular — have been diverted through Perambur and Vyasarpadi skipping Central station.
Equally, Central-bound trains from Bengaluru, Mangaluru, and Coimbatore have been short-terminated at Tiruvallur, Avadi, and Perambur. They began their return journeys from the identical stations. Trains from Hyderabad and Howrah on the Gudur-Chennai route have been diverted to Seaside and Tiruvottiyur, and originated from the identical vacation spot after two-three hours of delay.
The Chennai Egmore-bound trains from Tiruchy, Madurai, and Thoothukudi have been stopped at Tambaram, Chengalpattu, and different en-route stations. Because of this, over 30 trains have been delayed by a number of hours. In the meantime, over 1,000 passengers of Mangaluru Categorical have been pressured to take suburban trains after the prepare was quick terminated at Tiruvallur.
S Nandhan of Madipakkam mentioned, “The prepare reached Tiruvallur round 2.15 pm and many people travelled by suburban trains hungry as there was no meals on the railway station.” One other passenger Ok Rajan mentioned there was no attendant within the prepare past Katpadi. “Bogs choked, emanating a foul odor and there was no catering as properly,” he added.
All of the suburban prepare companies in Chennai- Arakkonam, Tambaram-Egmore, Gummidipundi-Central, and Seaside and Velachery have been delayed by half-hour. “The suburban prepare companies between Egmore and Seaside have been restored solely after 4 pm. However no specific prepare was cancelled,” mentioned a railway official.
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