Bhubaneswar,Jul 01(UNI)The East Coast Railway(ECoR) has decided to run 56 special trains from different parts of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh for the convenience of pilgrims and passengers and to cater extra rush during Rath Yatra at Puri.
According to ECoR release here special trains will also run from Puri from July 11 to July 13 to clear extra rush on the occasion of Sandhya Darshan, Bahuda Yatra and Sunabesa respectively.
More special trains could be run depending upon public demand as per the operational feasibility in view of recent breaches due to floods in West Bengal and North Orissa.
Sources said two pairs of special train will leave Howrah on July 3 towards Puri. While the 0461 Howrah-Puri Passenger Special will leave Howrah at 1330 hours on July 3 and will arrive Puri at 0600 hours on the Rath Yatra Day.
Another Special Express train 0809 Howrah-Puri Express Special will leave Howrah at 1900 hours on July 3 which would arrive Puri at 0430 hours on the Rath Yatra Day.
In the return direction, 0462 Puri-Howrah Passenger Special will leave Puri at 2145 hours on July 4 and will arrive Howrah at 1150 hours on the following day. Similarly,the 0810 Puri-Howrah Express Special will leave Puri at 2245 hours on July 4 and will arrive Howrah at 0810 hours next day.
The ECoR has decided to open 18 ticket booking counters for unreserved tickets while current ticket counters will be opened round the clock.This apart additional ticket counters would be opened at major stations like Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Bhadrak, Brahmapur and Palasa.
Security arrangements have been strengthened by deployment of additional RPF staff at Puri and other important stations including passenger trains.
Extra lady RPF staff will also be deployed for security of lady passengers and strict vigil during train escorting.Special squad for traffic control by GRP and special police from State Government including sniffer dog, bomb detection squad and metal detectors are being arranged from other Railways for deputation at Puri as a precautionary measure,sources said.
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