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Cyclone Gaja: the aftermath

Gaja impact: railways assess damage to four coastal stations

November 18, 2018 11:00 pm | Updated 11:00 pm IST - Tiruchi

The damaged roof of the Nagapattinam railway station.

The damaged roof of the Nagapattinam railway station.

The Tiruchi Railway Division has made an assessment of the extent of damage in the coastal railway stations at Nagapattinam, Velankanni, Nagore and Karaikal caused by the recent Gaja cyclone. Platform shelters and roofing sheets on the foot over bridges were blown off at these stations due to the gusty winds.

Divisional Railway Manager, Tiruchi P. Uday Kumar Reddy told The Hindu on Sunday that a detailed report regarding the extent of damage caused to platform shelters and roofing sheets and others at Nagapattinam, Nagore, Velankanni and Karaikal stations had been compiled.

The report has been forwarded to the Southern Railway headquarters seeking special funds to carry out rectification works at these stations. Mr. Reddy inspected the four stations on Saturday to get a first hand account of the damage.

Mr. Reddy said the station shelter at coastal Adhiramapattinam station which was yet to function in the wake of the ongoing gauge conversion works had also been blown off in the impact of the cyclone.

Railway sources said shelter works at these stations would take some time. Train services were being operated to these coastal stations as there was no damage to the track.

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