Several trains cancelled due to Andhra power stir

Hyderabad, Oct 8 : The indefinite strike by electricity employees in Seemandhra to oppose the Centre's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh continued to hit train movement in the state with railways cancelling several trains for the third day Tuesday.

About 20 trains, including some express trains originating from Visakhapatnam, were cancelled.

The cancelled trains include Visakha-Secunderabad Janambhoomi Express, Visakha-Tirupati Tirumala Express, Visakha-Secunderabad Garib Rath, Visakha-Hyderabad Godavari Express, Visakha-Secunderabad Duronto Express and Visakha-Nizamuddin Link Express.

The South Central Railway has also cancelled Visakha-Vijayawada Ratnachal Express, Koraput-Visakha Inter City Express, Visakha-Nanded Express, Visakha-Guntur and other passenger trains.

With the electricity transmission from grid to the railways being affected, railways already cancelled many trains on Vijayawada section. All goods trains between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada have also been cancelled. The authorities are running some key trains with diesel locomotives.

The movement of trains between Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram in north coastal Andhra was badly hit by the strike. Many trains were stranded at various stations, causing severe inconvenience to passengers.

The movement of trains between Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar and Secunderabad was affected.

--IANS (Posted on 08-10-2013)

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