With rail services cut off to and fro Odisha due to the Cyclone Fani, many tourists from Assam are stranded in the state. Most of the tourists are those had gone for pilgrimage to Puri.
Expressing concern, Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has urged the people of Assam stranded in Odisha to board the special trains, provided by Railways, to Howrah before May 03 for their own safety and security.
Pertaining to the inevitable circumstances, Railways have announced three special trains for those tourists stranded in Puri, where the cyclone is most likely to make a landfall
The East Coast Railway (ECoR) of Indian Railways has stated that it will run the special trains with reserved and unreserved berths from Puri. The first train starts at 12 pm, the second at 3 pm and the third at 6 pm today.
According to an ECoR official, the train is scheduled to make stoppages at Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajpur, Keonjhar Road, Bhadrak, Balasore, Kharagpur and finally Howrah.
Further, this train will comprise of General, Sleeper, 3A and 2A coaches. The train is expected to reach Bhubaneswar around 1.30 pm.