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Train services to coastal areas restored


GUWAHATI, May 5 - Train services to southern and eastern coastal States, which had been hit on account of Cyclone Fani, were restored today.

�Train services have been restored from today. The first train Kamakhya-Puri Express departed at 6.30 pm this evening to the affected region. The East Coast Railway (ECR) has started accepting services,� said Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) public relations officer (PRO) Nripen Bhattacharya.

He, however, added that cancellation of those trains which had been announced earlier will remain so.

�Cancellation of 20 trains, which were announced earlier, will remain as declared. Those trains will remain cancelled. However, there will be no new cancellations,� said Bhattacharya.

He added that a group of pilgrims from various parts of Assam, who had departed from Puri earlier this week by special train to Howrah, reached the State early this morning.

�They arrived in the Kanchanjunga Express which reached Guwahati at 4 this morning. While some passengers de-boarded at Nalbari and Baihata, a few reached Guwahati,� added Bhattacharya.

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