Amid the alert sounded by the Odisha Governent and by disaster management agencies over cyclone ‘Fani’ which is likely to make landfall tomorrow (May 3), the government has arranged three special trains to evacuate tourists and devotees from Assam who are stranded in Odisha, particularly in the temple town of Puri.
Three special trains will bring back the stranded tourists from the coastal State with the first already beginning its journey from Puri at 12 noon today (May 2).
On the other hand, the second train also left for Howrah station from Puri with the stranded Assam tourists and devotees at 3 pm while the third, railway officials said, will leave for Howrah from the temple town at 6 in the evening today and will have stoppages at Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajpur, Kendujhar road, Bhadrak, Balasore and Kharagpur.
#BREAKING | #CycloneFani | Three special trains pressed into service to evacuate tourists and devotees from #Assam stranded in Puri and other parts of #Odisha. First train from Puri left at 12 noon today while the second & third trains to leave for Howrah at 3 & 6pm respectively. pic.twitter.com/UYtRlztnYr
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Incidentally, several families from Assam are stranded at Puri. Around 36 devotees were lodged at the Assam Jatri Niwas, a lodge-cum-tourist home for devotees from Assam visiting Puri, before they were informed about the government order to vacate the State in the wake of the alert sounded by the Government of Odisha.