Train services were fully restored Sunday evening in the cyclone-affected region on the Howrah-Puri route, while the services in the Puri-Vishakhapatnam section are expected to become fully restored by Monday morning.
The Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneshwar was also opened on Sunday afternoon after a go ahead by the Met department.
“Initial reports indicate the cyclone did not cause major damage to the tracks. However, we are taking stock of the revenue losses caused in freight transportation or because of the cancellation of passenger tickets”, ministry spokesman Anil Kumar Saxena said.
In a pre-emptive move on Saturday, the Railways had cancelled around 180 trains in three zones affected by the Phailin cyclone.
“Majority of train services have been restored and the situation will get fully normalised by tomorrow morning”, officials said.
On Sunday, the 18409 Howrah-Puri Sri Jagannath Express departed from Howrah at 19:00 hrs and the 12837 Howrah-Puri Express departed at 22.35 hrs. The Railways have also decided to run special trains towards Kolkata and New Delhi to evacuate stranded passengers.
Among these are the 02822 Puri-Howrah Special that left on Sunday from Puri at 17:30 and the 02838 Puri-Santragachi Special departed from Puri at 18:20 hrs.