The overall loss to transport sector in the state caused by heavy rains since Saturday is roughly estimated to be over Rs6 crores per day. While the railways have been suffering a loss of around Rs5 crore daily in terms of passenger and goods movement, the movement of trucks has come to a grinding halt resulting in over Rs1 crore loss per day.
A K Gupta, general manager, Western Railway, inspected flood-affected tracks on Viramgam-Samakhiali section and Maliya Miyana station on Tuesday. He said that restoration work was in full swingbut it may take two weeks before normalcy returns.
Railways officials said that on an average around 10 to 11 passenger trains have been affected in the state since Saturday. This meant a loss of nearly Rs1 crore per day.
Western Railway officials said the rail link to Kutch region was lost since Saturday and some priority trains were diverted through alternative route of Mehsana, Palanpur and Samakhiali. Rains washed off the track near Palanpur, not only halting the movement of trains to northern part of the country and Rajasthan, but totally stopping movement of trains to Kutch.