Landslide, heavy rain delay Konkan Railway trains

October 2nd, 2009 - 2:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Oct 2 (IANS) A minor mudslide and heavy rain in Goa and north Karnataka have disrupted Konkan Railway services, with four trains including a Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express being “delayed temporarily”, a railway spokesperson said.
Three Goa-bound trains from Karnataka and Kerala, and the Delhi-bound Thiruvananthapuram-New Delhi Rajdhani express have been halted at the Bhatkal railway station in north Karnataka.

“A landslide in Canacona in south Goa at 5.30 a.m. had initially stopped rail traffic along the coastal rail line, and subsequent showers have worsened the situation,” Konkan Railway public relations officer Baban Ghatge told IANS.

“Only 20 cubic metres of debris landed on the tracks because of the landslide in Canacona. That has been cleared. But heavy rain and high tide have flooded the Konkan Railway tracks south of Karwar causing the long delay,” he said.

Ghatge said the services were likely to resume by Friday evening.

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