On Thursday, the Railway Department has already cancelled 77 trains and shortlisted to terminated 33 others due to Cyclone Vayu, reports the Western Railways.
It was taken as a precaution even though the cyclonic storm has changed its course and is unexpected to make landfall in Gujarat. Though expected to cause heavy rainfall in several coastal districts of the state.
It continued, “Considering the alertness for Cyclone Vayu over Gujarat, the Western Railway has decided to fully cancel operation of 77 mainline trains, while 33 other mainline trains have been short terminated with partial cancellation as a precautionary measure in the cyclone prone areas.”
“In addition to this, various safety and security precautions are also being taken by the Western Railway for train passengers of these prone areas under its jurisdiction – Veraval, Okha, Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, and Gandhidham,” added the Western Railways.
The Amreli-Junagadh, Veraval-Amreli, and Delvada-Veraval are few of the trains, which were cancelled for June 12 and June 13.
It has further decided to operate special relief trains. Two such have been operated in Rajkot Division and Bhavnagar Division to clear passengers from the coastal areas, which is likely to be affected by Cyclone Vayu.
Gujarat Government has also introduced a massive evacuation exercise to shift around 3 lakhs people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch.