The following measures have been taken by East Coast Railway, under whose jurisdiction the area that Cyclone Phailin is expected to hit falls, for cyclone management:
(i) Measures have been taken to sanitise the section between Bhadrak – Palasa by 12.30 hrs of date so that there will be no train running over the section during cyclone.
(ii) No trains from adjoining railways will be received after 10.30 hrs.
(iii) For Controlling/ Regulation of trains, 25 controlling stations are functional with local emergency control comprising officers/supervisors and staff of different departments round the clock for management of the emergent situation.
Arrangement of food, drinking water, medical facilities, relief and rescue operation at these stations have been made. Diesel powers are positioned at Bhadrak, Jajpur Keonjhar Road, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Khurda Road, Brahmapur, Palasa, Paradeep, Puri, Dhenkanal, Talcher, Visakhapatnam for opening communication/section clearance.
For drinking water Sintex water tanks of 2000 litre capacity have been made available and six BTPN wagons with water have been positioned at Palasa.
(iv) Accident Relief Train/Accident Relief Medical Equipments are kept ready at their base stations except Kantabanji which is positioned at Brahmapur. Tower wagons are kept ready at the respective locations equipped with power saw.
(v) Power cars have been positioned at Brahgmapur, Palasa, Khurda Road & Bhadrak. Diesel Generator sets have been positioned at all the 25 controlling stations for lighting and signalling purposes.
(vi) One coach each has been placed at the controlling stations for shelter.
(vii) Emergency stores items like – Tarpaulins, blankets, bedsheets, GI wires, gloves, kerosene, oil, torch, bleaching powder etc. have been supplied at the controlling stations by road and QT van.
(viii) Satellite phones have been provided and functional at Zonal HQ, Visakhapatnam, Khurda Road, Bhadrak, Paradeep, Balugaon and Brahmapur.
(ix) Engineering materials for relief and rescue operation have been loaded and kept ready to meet emergent requirement.