The East Coast Railway (ECoR) will run at least 85 special trains from neighbouring States during Rath Yatra this year. Discussions are on with other railway zonal authorities to streamline the services and start those well in advance before the car festival starts, ECoR General Manager Rajiv Vishnoi said.
Currently there are plans to run special trains from Kharagpur, Ranchi, Tatanagar, Vishakhapatnam, Raipur, Bilaspur, Gunupur and few other cities which are yet to be finalised. The final schedule for these trains will be announced before June 15, Vishnoi added.
The Puri station will be WiFi enabled before Rath Yatra for which RailTel expedited readying the infrastructure.
ECoR is gearing up for foolproof security arrangements on the premises of Puri, Bhubaneswar and other important railway stations during Rath Yatra. Installation and monitoring of additional CCTVs and deployment of plain-clothed RPF personnel tops the priority chart. The move has come in the wake of the train arson case at Puri station in November 2015, sources said.
Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) will be taking up the modernisation work of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack Berhampur, Sambalpur, Khurda Road, Palasa, Vishakhapatnam and Vizainagram stations in the first phase. Out of the 19 First AC coaches 12 are having foldable staircase while the rest will be equipped with the facility soon.
Bhubaneswar Railway Station stood seventh in cleanliness in India in a third party audit conducted by Indian Railways. The authorities informed that 72 reserved coaches have dustbins and very soon the unreserved coaches will also have waste baskets.
509 coaches in the Zone have bio-toilets and ECoR has a target to fit 600 coaches with those. Two green trains, Puri to Dwarka, Puri to Rameswaram have bio-toilets in all coaches.
Article Source : TNIE
Featured Image Source : Flickr