Thrissur: Railway tracks that were damaged in the flood and landslide were repaired within 30 hours. The tracks in Thrissur that were damaged upto a length of about 5 km were repaired by a team from Tamil Nadu including about 100 khalasis and 50 engineering-electric section employees.
It was for the first time in the history of Thrissur railway station that trains did not run in the route for three days in a row. The rail traffic in Thrissur route was completely disrupted on August 16, 17 and 18.
A maintenance unit of railway arrived at Thrissur from Kanyakumari and Coimbatore on August 19. The track maintenance employees known as khalasis came from Pothanur. They started the work by 11 am on August 19. Train service was operated through the repaired route on a trial basis by Sunday evening.
The damaged tracks in Guruvayur, Poonkunnam, Vakayil, Pudukkad, Chalakudy and Kurancherry were repaired using soil, granite pieces and metal. The team returned after repairing the electric lines as well.