With the landfall of Cyclone NIVAR near Puducherry no major damage has been caused to Railway infrastructure in Southern Railway. After the landfall, the committed officers and staff of Southern Railway had undertaken extensive inspection of railway infrastructure such as permanent way (track), culverts, bridges, signaling and OHE installation to assess the nature of damage, if any, caused by the cyclone. A thorough inspection was carried out especially in the sections of Chennai and Tiruchchirapalli divisions where the cyclone was forecast to have major ramifications. It was assessed during this intensive inspection that no major damage to railway infrastructure on account of Cyclone has been caused. In view of this, Southern Railway has resumed all its special train services.
As a safeguard measure and based on IMD forecast, Southern Railway had cancelled the operations of 69 Special train (mostly within Southern Railway) services fully and of 21 train services partially starting from 23rd Nov till date. 8 Special trains were diverted. Now with railway infrastructure remaining unperturbed by cyclone few trains that were fully/partially cancelled for today have been reintroduced as per schedule viz, T.no:02759/2760 (Tambaram- Hyderabad- Tambaram Special), Train no:02601 (Dr. MGR Chennai Central – Mangalore Special) and Train no: 02639 (Dr.MGR Chennai Central – Alappuzha Special). Suburban train services in the Chennai region that were cancelled from 10:00 hours of 25-11-2020 until further notice have also been resumed from 15:00 hours of today with limited number of services to Arakkonam, Gummudipoondi and Chengalpattu.
Southern Railway has been keeping vigil from 23rd November and taken several precautionary measures for bracing the storm. Shri. John Thomas, General Manager, Southern Railway had several rounds of discussions on a daily basis from 23rd Nov, through video conferencing, with the concerned Principal Heads of the departments and all the Divisional railway Managers of the six divisions. These meetings were also attended by Shri. B.G Mallya, Additional General Manager. The dedicated work force had responded to this call of duty in these crisis hours and valiantly worked in the field to ensure no damage to infrastructure by taking all precautionary measures and waited in readiness for restoration of assets for putting trains back on track.