Three special passenger trains have been arranged from Puri to Shalimar in Kolkata in the wake of Cyclone Fani closing in on the Odisha coastline.

The first train will start from Puri at noon on Thursday and will make stops in Khurda, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajapur, Kendujhar, Bhadarak, Baleswar and Kharagpur en route Shalimar. The train is scheduled to reach Bhubaneswar at around 1330hrs.

The second special train will start from Puri at 3pm for Howrah while the third train run on the same route starting 6pm.

The trains have reserved as well as unreserved compartments and have been specially deputed to ensure that tourists and locals wishing to leave Puri can reach safer locations.

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