Train movement resumed on the busy Howrah-Chennai route on completion of restoration work on Sunday, over a day after the Coromandel Express mishap that claimed nine lives even as a high-level team is likely to visit the site soon to ascertain cause of derailment.
"Both the tracks were thrown open to traffic as the restoration work, which would have taken about 72 hours, was completed in just 36 hours due to guidance of top officials, sincere efforts by railway staff and cooperation of local people," an East Coast Railway official said.
About 500 personnel with sophisticated equipment had been pressed to clear the debris and restore the tracks as rails of about half-a-kilometre stretch had been damaged under the impact of derailment near Jajpur, about 100 km from here on Saturday, sources said.
Apart from men and machines of railways, Tata Steel, Jindal Group, Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force had chipped in to rescue to injured, provided them medical aid and also clear the mangled bogies, they said.
Meanwhile, an inquiry is likely to begin in a day or two at the mishap site as part of the high-level probe ordered by Railways.
Nine persons were killed and over 150 injured as 14 bogies of the Howrah-Chennai Coromandel Express derailed leading to cancellation of about two dozen trains and diversion of more than 20.