Bhubaneswar, August 8 (LocalWire): Incessant rain has further delayed the restoration work of railway tracks that collapsed yesterday morning following landslide between Dolkalu and Ambadola stations in Rayagada- Titlagarh section under Sambalpur rail division.
According to Railway officials, the restoration of rail traffic may still take 24 more hours keeping in view the weather condition.
“It’s raining at present and as a result, the restoration work of the damaged tracks has been affected.
A team of 250 personnel including senior railway officials, engineers and skilled labourers are at the spot.
However, the restoration work can begin only after the intensity of rain recedes.
The cinder, mud and sand packing on the damaged track will not yield the desired result as rainwater will wash it away,” Sambalpur Railway Division public relation officer Nihar Ranjan Mishra told the LocalWire.
“It’s double line track which bore the brunt of the heavy downpour.
The landslide has severely twisted 70-metre up-line and 50 metres down line tracks,” he said sharing details of the quantum of damage.
“The restoration teams are also inspecting the tracks at other vulnerable spots.
We were expecting the completion of restoration work and resumption of train services on the route by late evening hours.
However, it may get further delayed because of the continuing rains,” Mishra stated, adding that, because of natural circumstances beyond control, traffic restoration is bound to take extra time.
“It is estimated that train operations will be normalised by early morning on Friday,” he stressed.
As the downpour washed away soil and ballast below the tracks between Dolkalu and Ambadola, at least four trains were cancelled; eight diverted and over half-a-dozen trains were partially cancelled on Wednesday.