Buses to chip in for train
Bhubaneswar: The East Coast Railway has decide to introduce free bus service between Bhubaneswar-Puri and Bhubaneswar-Khurda from September 14 to 24 in the wake of short-termination of trains for major restructuring and overhauling of the Puri station yard.
A railway official said passengers of the Howrah-Puri Shatabdi Express, Howrah-Puri Express, Sambalpur-Puri Intercity Express and the Tirupati-Puri Express, which will be short-terminated in Bhubaneswar and Khurda Road can avail themselves of the free bus service between September 14 and 24.
"Ten private buses will be hired to ferry passengers from these three stations. While eight buses will be plying between Bhubaneswar and Puri, the rest will ply between Puri and Khurda Road. Passengers need to produce their journey tickets to avail themselves of the free bus service," said a railway official.
Several trains originating from Puri has been cancelled, while a few trains will be short-terminated to facilitate overhauling of the station yard. Railway officials said Puri railway station handled 54 trains on an average on daily basis, while around 10,000 passengers depended on the station every day.
"The station has eight platforms and 26 lines, including tracks for maintenance, repair and washing. The overhaul work aims to increase the train handling capacity and prevention of delay in the train services. The overhaul work involves shifting of the yard layout, changes in signalling and overhead wire equipment," said another railway official.
Railway officials said the capacity of platform Nos. 7 and 8, which accommodated 22 and 18 coaches, respectively, would go up to 26 after the restructuring work. "The entire station movement for internal operations of engines at Puri station will be controlled by signals, which will enhance the safety of train movement," said the official.
The East Coast Railway has sought co-operation from the passengers for the temporary disruption in train services. "During the restructuring work, train services will require to be regulated as the Puri station's capacity to handle the present number of trains will reduce. So, we decided to cancel few trains," said the railway sources.