Flood costs Rs. 20 crores to railways

PATNA, JULY 24. Even as train service in flood affected areas under East Central Railway (ECR) was limping back to normal, the calamity left a trail of financial loss to railways to the tune of Rs. 20 crores in the form of expenditure on restoration of damaged tracks and loss in freight and fare earnings.

The track and bridge restoration work would cost the railways an amount of Rs. 12 crores while loss in revenue was estimated at Rs. 8 crores due to suspension of services in a number of routes since July 12 last, railway sources said.

Following inundation of tracks by swirling flood waters after 11 days, train services were restored yesterday in meter gauge segment of Raxaul-Narkatiyaganj, Harsa-Supaul-Forbesganj, Mansi-Saharsa and Sahars-Banmukhi-Purnia as well as broad gauge line between Barauni and Katihar, sources claimed.

Repairing work, however, on Darbhanga-Raxaul meter gauge line and Samastipur-Darbhanga broad gauge section was likely to take another two months to complete since railway tracks were washed away by turbulent flood waters and many flood affected people who erected make-shift sheds on railway lines have been shifted to their occupations, sources added.


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