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Southern Railway resumes passenger train services on landslide-affected Kulasekhara stretch

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Mangaluru, September 1, 2019: The Padil-Kulasekhara railway section that was closed owing to a landslide about a week ago was restored for railway traffic on Saturday.

While the parallel track was completed by Saturday morning, two goods trains on the section were operated in the afternoon, after which the authorities concerned issued the ‘track fit’ certificate for passenger trains. Thereafter, Train No. 12618 Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Mangala Lakshadweep Express was operated on the section at 4.20 p.m.

Kulshekar train line

Southern Railway officials, after testing the fitness of the restored track using goods trains on Saturday morning, allowed  Nimamuddin - Ernakulam Mangala Express (Train No 12618) to pass through the section at 4.20 pm on Saturday.  The section was closed from the night of August 23 after a landslide was reported. And, the trains were cancelled between Padil and Mangaluru section.

According to officials from Palakkad Division, normal train services will resume in two days.  On first phase, the passenger trains and intercity trains between Madgaon and Mangaluru Central will resume from Sunday. Madgaon - Mangaluru Central DEMU, which was operated till Tokur, will be operated from Mangaluru Central from Sunday onwards. Next, the Madsyaganda Express between Mangaluru Central and Mumbai LT will be operated from Mangaluru Central from Sunday onwards.

Palakkad Division PRO, MK Gopinathan said that trains from Mangaluru towards North, including Mangaluru Central-Madgaon-Mangaluru Central Passenger as well as Intercity Express, Mumbai LTT-Mangaluru Central-Mumbai LTT Matsyagandha Express, and Mumbai CSTM-Mangaluru Junction-Mumbai CSTM Express, would have normal operations from Sunday.