Cyclone Amphan Damages Kolkata Metro’s Infrastructure

Cyclone Amphan, the worst storm of its type to hit West Bengal in over a decade, had a devastating impact upon the region’s aviation, passenger rail and metro systems, one of the busiest in India prior to the nationwide COVID-19 related lockdown.

Amphan slammed into the state from the Bay of Bengal around 2.30 pm on Wednesday, uprooting trees (damaging the world’s largest Banyan tree), damaging power lines and destroying many structures in Kolkata and other parts of the state. Wind speeds in Dum-Dum, on Kolkata’s north-east corner, were reported as high as 133km/hour – equivalent to a category 2 cyclone.

Here are some photos of the damages shot by followers of MetroRailBlog, a nice YouTube channel, caused by Amphan to the 33 km Kolkata Metro network’s 2 lines –

Aluminum side-panels dislodged at Line-1’s Netaji Station in Kudghat – Photo Copyright: MRB
Dislodged roof of Line-1’s Netaji Station in Kudghat – Photo Copyright: MRB
Uprooted trees and possibly damaged cabling at Tollygunge on Line-1 – Photo Copyright: MRB
Damaged platform screen doors at the recently inaugurated Line-2’s Karunamoyee Station – Photo Copyright: MRB

Earlier this month, Kolkata Metro system’s two operators had started preparations to restart metro services, suspended due to COVID-19 since March 23, in the city with an aim to maintain social distancing at stations and inside the trains. That plan’s go-live date will now likely be revised.

For more updates, check out the Kolkata section of The Metro Rail Guy!

– TMRG

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3 Responses to "Cyclone Amphan Damages Kolkata Metro’s Infrastructure"

  1. Prerna says:

    🙁

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  2. Prasad says:

    Aren’t roof panels supposed to withstand cyclones? Surely given the location and history it would’ve been factored in the loads, assuming the connections were fixed properly and completely?

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    • Surya says:

      Not an expert but yes the codes sure have higher wind loadings specially for the east coast. Apart from poor workmanship, the causes of failure can be unconventional geometry which may miss designer’s eye or heavy objects carried by cyclones hitting the panels.

      Also if you notice in most of the cases the main truss remains intact but the secondary panels and fittings which probably are not given equal importance fail.

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