New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The first cyclonic storm Nisarga in over a century will hit the coastal regions of Maharashtra and Gujarat and is likely to make its landfall in Alibaug in Raigad district of Maharashtra, about 100 km from Mumbai today afternoon.

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the Nisarga has intensified into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ which will reach the coastal areas in Maharashtra with a wind speed between 105-110 kmph.

The threat by the cyclone has battered the mere transportation services running in Mumbai. The cyclone has hit the flight schedule as well as the schedule of special trains running to and from the financial capital.

In view of the cyclone, out of the total 50 flights scheduled to be operated from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport today, 31 have been cancelled. A total of 19 flights, including 11 departure and 8 arrivals, will be handled by the Mumbai airport on Wednesday.  

A Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) spokesperson said, “As of now, there are eight arrivals and 11 departures for June 3. All the necessary safety measures have been put into place.”

The flight carriers have also informed about the cancellation of flights. While IndiGo informed that they have cancelled 17 flights to and from Mumbai on June 3, Vistara said that the flight operations in Mumbai and Goa will be affected owing to the Cyclone Nisarga. Spicejet also urged its customers to check the schedule of flights at the official website as the operations will be affected due to the cyclonic storm.

The DGCA has also issued guidelines to the airlines and pilots for the adverse weather conditions. “As part of the exercise, preventive checks at different airport functions have been carried out and the airport has ensured that diesel generator sets are in place to provide uninterrupted power supply”, the Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) said in a release.

Special Train services affected due to Cyclone Nisarga:

Meanwhile, the special train services started from June 1 have also been hit by the cyclone Nisarga. According to the Central Railway (CR) release, five special trains departing from Mumbai have been rescheduled and three others will be diverted enroute.

Following the changes, the LTT-Gorakhpur Special will depart at 8 pm instead of 11.10 am, while the LTT-Thiruvananthapuram Special will depart at 6 pm instead of 11.40 am, and LTT Darbhanga Special will depart at 8.30 pm instead of 12.15 pm, the release said.

Besides, the LTT-Varanasi Special will depart at 9 pm instead of 12.40 pm, and CSMT-Bhubaneswar Special will depart from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) at 8 pm instead of 3.05 pm.

The Patna-LTT Special scheduled to arrive at 11.30 am, and Varanasi-CSMT Special scheduled to arrive at 2.15 pm on Wednesday will be regulated enroute and arrive behind schedule, the CR release added.

Also, the Thiruvananthapuram-LTT Special scheduled to arrive 4.40pm will be diverted via Pune to arrive at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) here behind schedule, it added.

Posted By: Talib Khan