Bhubaneswar Railway Station to get iconic heritage look

BHUBANESWAR: The state government and the East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Thursday discussed the proposed draft for a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which they will sign very soon to redesign and redevelop the city railway station.

The multimodal hub project will come up on the railway station and its circulating area. It will have an iconic seven-storeyed building at the entrance of the station. Besides, it will have state-of-the-art amenities, commercial complexes, parking, rainwater harvesting system, firefighting facility with pump rooms, well maintained internal roads and attractive green landscape.

The Bhubaneswar development authority (BDA) will supervise the station development work. As the station comes under the smart city district, the work will be integrated in the smart city project. Budget amount for the redevelopment work will be increased beyond Rs 60 crore which was estimated earlier, said a senior BDA official.

“It is a joint project of the Railways and the state government. The multi-storeyed building will be used by both the government agencies. We will use some floors for operational purpose and the state will take the rest for their use. But the state government will develop the building,” said Brijmohan Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager.

The state government has authorized the BDA to prepare design of the hub. Design will be prepared through a noted agency. “We have floated tender for preparation of the design of the multi modal hub. We hope the final design will come by February next year,” said Krishan Kumar, vice chairman of the BDA.

Manoj Kumar Mishra, commissioner of rail coordination and special secretary, said they have discussed the draft MoU prepared by the railway in the presence of chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi. “We agreed with 99 per cent of the draft proposal and some small issues related to execution and monitoring were resolved,” he added.

The earlier design was put on hold. Even the project’s executive agency, Works department, has been changed. Sources said the existing building with passenger reservation system (PRS) and booking counter will be demolished for the project. Even PRS and booking counter have been shifted to a temporary building near RMS office in the circulating area of the station in November last year.

Railways run Special Train from Howrah to Kanniyakumari via.Vijayawada

HOWRAH: In order to clear extra rush a one way special train will be run from Howrah to Kanniyakumari as per the following schedule:-

Accordingly, Train No.05906 Howrah-Kanniyakumari special train will depart Howrah at 06:05 hrs on 19th August, 2017 (Saturday) and arrive Kanniyakumari at 09:50 hrs on the second day.

Enroute, this special train will stop at Barddhaman, Durgapur, Asansol, Adra Jn, Bankura, Midnapur, Hijili, Balasore, Bhadrakh, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Khurda Rd, Berhampur, Palasa, Srikakulam Rd, Vizainagaram, Visakhapatnam, Duvvada, Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Eluru, Vijayawada, Ongole, Nellore, Renigunta, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Palghat, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Chengannur, Kollam, Trivandrum, and Nagarcoil stations.

This special train will consist of one AC II Tier, three AC III Tier, eleven Sleeper Class, four General Second Class and two Luggage cum Brake van Coaches.

The Special Train will run on the Howrah / Asansol / Adra / Kharagpur / Khurda Road / Bhubaneswar / Waltair / Vijayawada / Guntakal / Chennai / Selam / Palghat / Thiruvananthapuram Divisions on various Zonal Rail systems of Indian Railways.

Jammu Tawi-Rourkela express train extended to Sambalpur

BHUBANESWAR: Now, Sambalpur people can get direct train to Jammu via Allahabad as the railway has decided to extend the train service of Jammu Tawi-Rourkela Express up to Sambalpur from this month. Similarly, Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani express will also go via Sambalpur once a week.

The Railway Board has already instructed to the East Coast Railway (ECoR) to extend the service for the benefit of the people of Sambalpur. “ECoR has set a tentative date of August 12 to run the train from Sambalpur station. If not on this date, we will start the service on any date in this month,” said a senior railway officer.

The daily train will now originate from Sambalpur and reach Jammu Tawi via Rourkela, Ranchi, Allahabad, Kanpur, Amritsar and Delhi. It leaves Rourkela at 11.35 am and reaches Jammu Tawi on the third day of its journey. It takes a total of 50 hours 35 minutes to reach its destination.

It was a long-standing demand of Sambalpur residents to run a direct train to Allahabad. Several people from western Odisha very often visit Allahabad to conduct religious rituals including immersion of ashes of a kin after his/her death in the holy river Ganga.

Mahendra Kumar Mishra, chairman of citizen welfare committee, Sambalpur, said they had been demanding for running a direct train to Allahabad during last 20 years. “We had even locked the divisional railway manager’s office at Sambalpur four years ago on this issue. Finally, the railways decided to run a train from Sambalpur to Jammu via Allahabad. We are happy with this decision,” he added.

Similarly, the railway has also decided to run the Rajdhani express via Sambalpur very soon. Minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain while answering a question of Kandhamal BJD MP Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh in the Parliament on August 2 said the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express will run via Sambalpur City. But the exact date is not declared yet.

Now two Rajdhani Express trains (22823 and 22811) originate from Bhubaneswar. The first train leaves Bhubaneswar at 9.30 am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, while the second one leaves the station at 11.40 am on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

According to the plan, the second train (22811) may run via Sambalpur on every Saturday after commencement of the express in the route. This Delhi-bound train instead of taking Kharagpur route, will go through Angul, Sambalpur City, Rourkela Chakradharpur and Mughalsarai.

Mishra said the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani express will also pass Sambalpur which is very good news for them. “But it should change the day from Saturday to any other day because two other trains are already leaving the station for Delhi on Saturday,” he added.

Bhubaneswar-Krishnarajpuram Humsafar Express

BHUBANESWAR: A weekly Humsafar Express between Bhubaneswar and Bengaluru will be started from July 13.

On the inaugural run, the train will run as a special train with number 02033 from Bhubaneswar at about 1430 hours. On the return direction this special train will leave Krishnarajpuram (Bengaluru) as 02034 at 2315 hours on July 14, East Coast Railway said in a release.

However, the regular service for this train (22833/22834) will commence from Bhubaneswar from July 17 and from Krishnarajpuram (Bengaluru) from July 18.

This train will have 16 AC-3 tier coaches, one pantry car and two guard cum generator car.

It will have stoppages at Khurda Road, Brahmapur, Palasa, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Duvvada, Rajahmundry, Eluru, Vijayawada, Ongole, Nellore, Gudur, Renigunta, Katpadi,Jollarpettai & Bangarpet between Bhubaneswar and Krishnarajpuram, it said.

Railway Minister launches various Rail Infra services in Odisha

Suresh Prabhu promises online e-Market support for Odisha’s Handloom and Handicraft products
Union Ministers Suresh Prabhu, Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated Digi-Dhan Mela at Bhubaneswar Railway Station

BHUBANESWAR: Union Minister for Railways Suresh  Prabhu, was chief guest which was presided by Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (I/C), Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan as the dignatories in the  Digi Dhan Mela held at Bhubaneswar Railway Station on 20.03.2017.

The concept of ‘Digi Dhan Mela’ is the brainchild of Niti Aayog to promote digital or cashless economy through the use of digital mode of transactions across the country.   In the event 23 banks, BSNL, India Post, Common Service Centre, UIDAI, Oil marketing Companies, Balmer Lawrie, Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS, Govt of Odisha), and private e-wallet operators put up a stall each totaling 36 nos. during the day long exhibition and sensitization of digital payment systems and advantages.  Sabyasachi Mishra and Ms.Archita Sahu well known actors and celebrities participated in the Mela.  General Manager of East Coast Railway, Bhubaneswar welcomed the guests.

During the event, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said Rs.36,480 crore is being pumped in to expand the rail network in Odisha to tap the state’s vast tourism potential and abundant mineral and natural resources.

Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu today flagged off various Rail Infra projects alongwith Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other BJD and BJP leaders including Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Tribal Affairs Jual Oram.

Prabhu first paid tributes to former MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra at his Shahid Nagar residence. Later, he flagged off the various projects of the railways alongwith CM Patnaik. The various projects include:

  • Khurda Road-Rajsunakhala-Khurda Road passenger trains to Bolagarh
  • Rourkela Bhubaneswar Rajyarani Express to Gunupur
  • Foundation Stone Laying of Khurda Road Bypass Line
  • Bondamunda Rourkela 4th line
  • Multidisciplinary Training Centre at Jagatpur Cuttack
  • Maintenance facilities for MEMU units at Khurda Road
  • One lift and two escalators were inaugurated at Bhubaneswar Railway Station\
  • Raising and Extension of Platform 1, 2 and new approach road at Jharsuguda road station
  • Inauguration of newly commissioned Handapa-Saragipalli double line section

Launching nearly 10 new projects at a function here, Prabhu said the Centre is focusing on strengthening the railway infrastructure and connectivity in Odisha to enable the state to chug on the path of development.

Noting that the state is endowed with a very long coastline, ports, mines and minerals, exotic tourist spots and pilgrim centres, the railway minister said huge investment is required to improve the rail connectivity substantially.

Therefore, with an emphasis on building a robust railway network in Odisha, the NDA government raised budgetary allocation for the rail sector in the state to Rs 1,465 crore in 2014-15, Rs 3,712 crore in 2015-16 and Rs 4,682 crore in 2016-17, showing substantial hike from Rs 812.5 crore allocated by the previous UPA regime, he said.

The allocation was further raised to Rs 5,102 crore in 2017-18 to put the state on the fast-track of progress, Prabhu said.

Stating that the Rs 3.5 lakh crore investment is proposed by the railways, he said steps have already been taken for implementing a number of projects with an investment of Rs 36,480 crore in Odisha.

Besides expanding the railway network, the goal is to improve the railway stations and improve train services and facilities for the passengers, he added.

Prabhu said the Odisha government was also extending cooperation for implementation of rail projects and the state has also entered into joint ventures with railways for the development of the sector.

He said the railways would also take steps for marketing of handicraft products and other items produced by tribal communities and women self help groups (SHGs).

Launching various projects during his visit, the rail minister inaugurated the extension of Khurda Road-Rajsunakhala passenger up to Bolagarh Road.

While earlier this train was passing through Khorda town, Begunia and Rajsunakhala, it will now connect to Bolagarh.

Similarly, Prabhu inaugurated extension of Rourkela- Bhubaneswar Rajyarani Express up to Gunupur. He also laid the foundation stones for Khurda Road bypass line, fourth line between Rourkela and Bondamunda, Multi Disciplinary Training Centre at Jagatpur in Cuttack and maintenance facilities for Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) units at Khurda Road.

Offering all cooperation for developing rail network in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the state’s contribution of 50 per cent share of construction cost and free land for Khurda Road-Balangir and Jeypore-Nabarangpur and 25 per cent share of project cost for Jeypore-Malkangiri have made the projects viable.

A video was displayed to sensitize on the need and advantages of digitization.  The Govt. of India initiatives for the same  was illustrated. The invited celebrities spoke on their experience and the need to popularize digital payments to build a stronger India.

In his address Dharmendra Pradhan spoke on the need and the efforts of Govt of India to  shift the focus to digital payments.  He also conveyed the details of launch of BHIM app.

Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways in his address emphasized on the changes which has happened and stressing the need to convert to digital payment even in small vendors like fruits, hair cutting salons etc. He also conveyed that under the leadership of Narendra Modi, our Hon’ble Prime Minister being a person with a vision and in touch with ground realities.

The day long event and the formal function was well appreciated by public at large and welcomed such programmes for sensitization.   Footfalls recorded in stalls were of very large numbers and the exhibition area was fully packed with enthusiastic citizens visiting all stalls to understand the facilities available and its usages.  During their visits citizens also carried out cashless transaction in digital mode at various stalls. Vote of thanks was proposed Srikar Nayak, Advisor Niti Aayog.

 

ARSS Infra secures Order worth INR 156.85 Crore

ARSS Infrastructure gains 10% on Rs 156cr order win. The company’s JV ARSS-SIPS has bagged a work order of Rs 156.85 crore for Budhapank-Salegaon via.Rajathagarh for third and fourth railway line project.

Bhubaneswar: ARSS Infrastructure Projects announced that a work order amounting to Rs. 156.85 crore namely “Budhapank-Salegaon Via- Rajathagarh – 3rd & 4th line: Execution of earthwork, minor bridges & other allied works (Km: 483.047 to Km. 398.166 i.e 2*85 =170 km approx” has been awarded in favour one of the Company’s Joint Venture (JV) i.e. ARSS-SIPS (JV) by East Coast Railway, Bhubaneswar on 08 April 2016. The work order includes execution of earthwork, minor bridges and other allied works.

Apart from the above, ARSS Infra also bagged a work order amounting to Rs.109.27 crore for construction of Jarapada-Budhapank with flyover at Talcher Road. ARSS Infrastructure Projects is trading higher by 5% to Rs 33.95 on the BSE after the company announced that it won order worth Rs 109 crore.  “A work order amounting to Rs 109.27 crore namely “Jarapada-Budhapank with flyover at Talcher Road – 3rd & 4th line; execution of earth work, minor bridges & other allied works (KM 525.133 to KM 483.047 i.e. 35.5 Km -3rd Line & 42.00 Km-4th line approx. excluding flyover portion at Talcher Road” has been awarded in favour one of the company’s joint venture (JV) i.e. “ARSS-SIPS (JV)” by East Coast Railway, Bhubaneswar on March 28, 2016,” ARSS Infra said in a statement.

The stock hit an intra-high of Rs 34.70 on the BSE so far. The trading volumes on the counter more than doubled with a  combined 325,290 shares changed hands on the BSE and NSE till 09:27 AM.

Precautionary Steps put in place by East Coast Railway due to rains

Bhubaneswar (BBS): In order to minimise the effects of heavy rains and safe running of trains, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) has planned precautionary steps.

General Manager, ECoR, Rajiv Vishnoi has directed officials to be on full alert towards any incident caused by the rains and flood situation near tracks for safety of passengers and smooth train operations.

16mumrain“We have taken all precautionary measures prior to the onset of monsoon. The catch water drains and side drains have been cleared of silt, vegetation and other obstructions to ensure free flow of rain water. The waterways of bridges have been cleared of vegetation and other obstructions,” a senior railway official said.

Full Supply Level (FSL) of canals and Danger Level (DL) in case of bridges have been painted with bright red band across each pier adjacent to the abutments to make them clearly visible to the patrolmen, stationery watchman and Drivers, he said.

Arrangements have also been made not to allow water to stagnate on the tracks. In station yards, the drains have been cleared, he said.

Instructions have been issued that during heavy rains, the sectional gangmen would organise patrolling of tracks to make sure that the tracks were safe for passage of trains and ensure protection at all locations, divisional officials said.

Arrangements have been made to stock sufficient quantities of monsoon reserve material like boulders, sand, cinder, quarry dust and ballast at identified locations. The engineering relief vans and their equipments were kept ready.

This apart, the ECoR was in constant touch with the IMD and on getting weather alerts, proper mobilisation was being done, they said.

ECoR control office, which works round-the-clock, was keeping close liaison with Met Department and Disaster Management Cell, the officials added.

ECOR conducts Trial Run on Puri-Khurda Railway Track

Puri: Railway engineers conducted trial run on the Puri-Khurda Road track on Wednesday. Double-tracking of Puri-Khurda Road was completed recently. Necessary safety certificate was issued by the safety engineers after the trial run allowing the authorities to commence regular train service on the new tracks. The 44 kms distance covers upto Sakhigopal and 18 kms line was laid on war-footing keeping in view the Nabakalebara of the deities during which about 30 lakh devotees are expected to attend.

Puri-Durg and Puri-Ahmedabad trains would run on the new tracks, informed station manager.  However East Coast Railway (ECoR) authorities has extended schedule adjustments of trains running on the route up to July 2 because of the ongoing line doubling work between Sakhigopal and Puri railway station. As a result, some of the trains will be short terminated at Khurda Road and Cuttack and cancelled to and from Puri.

The Sambalpur-Puri Inter City Express and Talcher-Puri passenger originating from Sambalpur and Talcher respectively will be short terminated at Khurda Road.

Similarly, the Howrah-Puri passenger and Gunupur-Puri passenger originating from Howrah and Gunupur respectively will be short terminated at Khurda Road.

Apart from this, Rourkela-Puri passenger, scheduled to arrive at Puri on July 2, will be short terminated at Cuttack and return to Rourkela on July 3.

The Puri-Howrah-Puri Shatabdi Express, Puri-Barbil-Puri Inter City Express, Barbil-Chakradharpur-Barbil Express, Puri-Paradeep-Puri Inter City Express, Paradeep-Cuttack-Paradeep passenger and Puri-Khurda Road-Puri passenger will remain cancelled from both directions, a ECoR release said.

ECoR lays Foundation Stone for Solar Power system

Bhubaneswar (BBS): East Coast Railway has taken a major step towards conservation of energy and reducing green house effect by way of installing two solar power systems of 50 Kwp capacity each by utilising the roof space of its Zonal headquarter building here at Rail Sadan here.

General Manager, ECoR Rajiv Vishnoi, laid the foundation stone for the solar power system at Rail Sadan on the ocassion of the World Environment Day.

The solar power system is likely to be commissioned early and will accrue a saving of 400 units of electricity every day, he said.

The foundation design can withstand windspeed of upto 200 kmph. The entire structure is spread over a floor area of 15,000 square feet and 435 individual solar panels will be used in this system, railway sources said.

IR’s 15-day Railyatri Upbhokta Pakhwada: ECOR to take feedback from Passengers on Rail Services in the region

Bhubaneswar (BBS): With an aim to focus on passengers and rail users, Indian Railways would observe a fortnight-long programme ‘Railway Passengers and Customers Facilitation Fortnight-Rail Yatri/ Upbhokta Pakhwada’ from May 26 to June 9. In view of the above, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) would take feedback from passengers, customers, general public and media across its jurisdiction on passengers’ amenities having direct interaction by railway officials.

The higher railway officials would travel with the commuters to improve the services of the biggest public enterprise of the nation and also interact with the passengers to seek their feedback as well as suggestions on the services being provided to the passengers like food, water, cleanliness at the railway stations as well as in the trains with a motive to improve the services and amenities for the passengers.

Extensive ticket checking campaign would also be launched during the fortnight. Apart from this, safety awareness drives, monitoring of punctuality, cleanliness and sanitation drives at all the stations would be organised. The ECoR has also planned to organise discussions or seminars on constructive themes pertaining to railways, awareness drives on safety at level crossings, footboard travelling, drugging or intoxication in trains and cleanliness.

Locals oppose Washery, Siding constructions in the vicinity of Residential Areas in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar (BBS):  A delegation of the Akaltara Bachao Andolan Samiti called on Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) and other senior officials and handed over a memorandum while urging them to stop the ongoing construction work of Coal Washery of ACB India near the Railway level crossing here forthwith.

Besides this, the delegation also opposed the proposed coal siding of Mahavir Coal Washery in the exchange yard land of the Cement Corporation of India in ward number 19. According to it, both the sites were in the middle of a densely populated area in the city and close to a school and drinking water facility of the city residents. A high tension wire was also above the proposed sites, it observed.

They also feared if the Washery and siding were permitted to come up in the current sites it would also cause immense environmental pollution and would have adverse impact on the lives of the local people. Quoting from the Chhattisgarh Gazette 2009 they said storage of coal within 300 metres of a populated area and under high tension wire was prohibited on the health grounds.

The delegation alleged that some of the officers allowed the construction of these sites contrary to the laid down regulation despite local residents protest a successful post card drive. But still, the authorities were yet to respond to their demands positively, he said.

The DRM and senior Environment officers, according to the delegates assured them to look into their demands and promised to visit the sites.The delegation included Arun Rana, Md Imran Khan, Sudhir Sisodia, Sanjay Kedia and other local residents.

Railway GRP plan App to check Crimes

भुवनेश्वर Bhubaneswar (BBS): After launching a toll-free number for passengers, the government railway police (GRP) is gearing up to start a mobile application to check crimes in trains. Passengers can lodge complaints and send alerts to police about crimes in moving trains using the proposed App.

“Some IT experts have demonstrated the App software designed by them. Since most people use smartphones, the proposed App can be beneficial for them,” said a GRP officer.

After downloading the application, a passenger can register the complaint in writing or by uploading pictures or audio or video files. “It is aimed to improve passenger security and reach out to them at the time of distress. We can easily know the location of the complainant,” the officer said.

The GPS-based (global positioning satellite tracking system) App will provide contact details of GRP personnel of the area through which the train is passing.

The railway police said they are in touch with their counterparts in other states to implement the App in such a way that passengers, travelling through those states, can use the technology. “Initially, we will use the App in Odisha where passengers can avail assistance of the GRP. Efforts are being made to take the help of some other states to integrate the proposed App with their police stations,” the officer said.

Last month, Madhya Pradesh launched a mobile App to curb crimes in trains and stations. It is the only state to do so.

On February 16, the Odisha GRP launched a helpline (1512) for passengers, facing harassment from anti-socials in running trains. On dialing 1,512, the number would automatically connect to the railway police station or outpost, in whose jurisdiction the passenger is travelling.

In the past one year, about 120 incidents of drug and loot were reported in GRP stations across the state, official sources said. At least 20 persons were rescued by railway police and commissionerate of police personnel in separate drug-and-loot incidents in the last six months.

GRP sources said they arrested nearly 15 anti-socials on charges of looting passengers after spiking their drinks in the past one year.

Headmistress of Bhubaneshwar Rail Vihar School shifted

भुवनेश्वर Bhubaneswar (BBS): The Orissa State Government on Friday transferred the headmistress of Rail Vihar High School in the wake of drowning of four students in the Barang-Puri main canal on Tuesday.

School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said the headmistress, Bijaylaxmi Mohanty, has been transferred for not informing the parents of the students about the indiscipline of their sons. “As the students were not attending classes for consecutive days, the school authorities should have informed the parents about their absence,” the Minister said and added that neither the guardians nor the school management committee (SMC) had been informed about this.

Mishra announced that the Government will soon frame guidelines to track students of classes IX and X in State-run schools. The new guidelines will be in place by the end of this month, he said.

Mohanty has been shifted to the girls school in Banki in Cuttack district.

ECOR instal CCTV Surveillance at Bhubaneswar Rly Station to heighten Security system

Odisha: Bhubaneswar railway station brought under CCTV Surveillanceभुवनेश्वर Bhubaneswar (BBS): In a bid to boost security arrangements, closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance system has been installed at Bhubaneswar railway station and 32 cameras put at vantage points.

The 32 IP-based surveillance cameras have been installed at vantage points like all the platforms, entrance and exit points and circulating areas of Bhubaneswar Station premises, an East Coast Railway (ECoR) statement said today.

General Manager of ECoR Rajiv Vishnoi inspected the railway Station today and reviewed the CCTV system installed at various places of the Station.

Access to the footage of surveillance cameras has also been extended to Passenger Reservation System (PRS) Counters, Booking Office, concourse, 2nd Class Waiting Hall and FOBs to keep a vigil on various suspicious activities for safety of passengers and safeguarding Railway properties.

The feeds from these cameras reach the Centralised Control Room of the station where the Railway Protection Force personnel monitor the visuals Round the Clock.

Apart from recording and playback facility, the video data can be stored for 30 days. Of the 32 cameras, 13 of the cameras are moveable and remaining 19 are fixed cameras including Dome Camera.

Altogether, 32 IP-based surveillance cameras have been installed at vantage points i.e. all the Platforms, Entrance & Exit points and circulating areas of Bhubaneswar Station premises. The access to the footage of the surveillance cameras has also been extended to Passenger Reservation System (PRS) Counters, Booking Office, concourse, 2nd Class Waiting Hall and FOBs etc. to keep a vigil on various suspicious activities for safety of passengers and safeguarding Railway properties.

This Surveillance System will help the Security personnel to track the miscreants from the Platform and circulating areas of the Station and the Railway Protection Force (RPF) have already started netting the miscreants.

To minimise inconvenience to passengers and to avoid rush at Entry & Exit points, crowd management can be easily handled out due to installation of CCTV Surveillance System.

Apart from this, cleanliness of the station premises will also be monitored. Cleanliness of platforms and circulating areas including railway track at station areas are being chased up for making the station clean and hygienic.

Shri S. H. Safdar, Chief Signal & Telecom Engineer, Shri S. K. Mishra , Chief Security Commissioner of East Coast Railway including Shri S. K. Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Khurda Road and Dr. A. K. Patnaik, Chief Health Director were also present during the commissioning of CCTV Surveillance System at Bhubaneswar Railway Station.

2 Bogies of Ajmer-Puri Express derail, Train movement hit

भुवनेश्वर Bhubaneswar (BBS): Two bogies of Ajmer-Puri Express got derailed between Boinda and Jarapada stations in Angul-Sambalpur railway section under Sambalpur division today.

No one was injured as the coaches of 18422 Ajmer-Puri Express jumped off the tracks, railway sources said.

The train left the spot in the evening towards Puri after the affected coaches were separated.

The passengers were accommodated in other compartments, East Coast Railway (ECoR) said in a release.

The mishap led to diversion, short termination and cancellation of some trains, ECoR said, adding the 18106 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela Inter City Express will run via Jakhapura and Jaroli towards Rourkela.

Similarly, 18425 Puri-Durg Express scheduled to leave Puri today will run via Vizianagaram and Rayagada instead of its scheduled path.

12894 Bolangir-Bhubaneswar Inter City Express will be short terminated at Sambalpur and will remain cancelled between Sambalpur and Bhubaneswar today.

Similarly, 58131 Rourkela-Puri passenger will be short terminated at Rairakhol and will remain cancelled between Rairakhol and Puri.

18304 Puri-Sambalpur Inter City Express scheduled to leave Puri today will remain cancelled, the release said.

East Coast Railway authorities have ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident with the report of inquiry committee is expected to be available within seven days.

Railway authorities, headed by the Divisional Railway Manager/Sambalpur, Debaraj Panda, reached the spot with Relief and Rescue teams.

Battery Vehicle operated at Bhubaneswar Station for Disabled, Old aged & Sick Passengers

Khurda Road खुर्दा रोड (KUR): East Coast Railway, Khurda Road Division has added a new passenger amenity item at Bhubaneswar station for the benefit of Disabled, Old Aged and Sick Passengers by providing a battery operated vehicle for them. The vehicle will operate round the clock. Disabled, Old Aged and Sick Passengers can avail the service free of cost. For availing the service, the needy passengers can contact over cell no. 88951-80738 which is available round the clock with the drivers.

The vehicle is sponsored by AapnoParivar, Bhubaneswar a social welfare organisation.

The vehicle was dedicated to the travelling passengers at Bhubaneswar station o­n date 31.03.2014 by Shri S. K. Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Khurda Road in presence of Shri H. L. Luwang, Sr. Divisional Commercial Manager, Khurda Road and members of AapnoParivar. The general public has appreciated such noble effort that is designed to serve the Disabled, Old Aged and Sick Passengers.

Railway Wagon Factory proposal at Sitalapalli in Ganjam District hang in balance

Berhampur (BAM): The fate of the proposed railway wagon factory at Sitalapalli in Ganjam district is hanging in balance. Union railways minister Mallikarjun Kharge remained silent on the project in his interim railway budget presented on Wednesday, pushing the project into uncertainty.

The proposal for construction of the factory was first announced by the then railways minister Mamata Banarjee in her budget speech in 2011-12. Since then every railways minister mentioned about it in the budget every year.

“It shows the step-motherly attitude of railways to Odisha,” said Rajya Sabha member Renubala Pradhan.

“Since interim railway budget is silent on the project, we are in doubt over its implementation,” said MLA (Gopalpur) Pradeep Kumar Panigrahi.

“When the state government has extended all cooperation for implementation of the project, including identifying the site, we are surprised over the ministry’s silence,” Panigrahi said. The project was to be implemented in public-private partnership (PPP) mode and the ministry had sought 100 acre from the state government.

The district administration has earmarked 101 acre after a joint verification with officials of East Coast Railway. This has already been conveyed to the railways ministry, sources said.

Cabling for CCTV starts at Bhubaneswar Railway station

Bhubaneswar (BBS): The East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Wednesday started the process of installing closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and other security gadgets at the Bhubaneswar railway station. The ECoR would spend nearly Rs 2 crore on it. Railway stations in Cuttack, Puri and Visakhapatnam would also witness massive security makeover under the integrated security project.

“Cabling work around the city station has started. A total of 30 high frequency CCTV cameras would be installed. The integrated security system includes personal and baggage screening, access control and explosive detection,” said a senior officer of the railway protection force. “High frequency colour cameras with day and night vision will be installed for keeping an eye on movements of people on platforms, parking lots and surrounding areas,” he said.

There will be vehicle surveillance system with boom barriers and advanced vehicle scanners outside the station, he added.

Probe ordered into RPF custodial torture of Boys

Bhubaneswar (BBS):  The Inspector General and Chief Security Commissioner of Railway Protection Force (RPF) of East Coast Railway on Wednesday ordered a high-level probe into the brutalities committed by RPF personnel on two minor boys, who were mercilessly beaten up while they were detained in the lockup for eight days.

A three-member fact-finding team headed by Assistant Commandant PK Mansingh and members Alok Kumar Jena and RK Narendra has been constituted for the purpose. The team immediately started collection of facts and discussions with relevant witnesses in this case.

A deadline of January 14 has been fixed for submission of the final enquiry report by the Senior Commandant of Khurda Road Division RPF to the Chief Security Commissioner.

The two boys, Bikash (14) of Jobra and Loknath (12) of Railway Colony, rescued by District Child Protection Officer Pragati Mohanty with the help of others on Tuesday after the matter was brought to the notice of the collector by some media persons, had been taken into custody by the RPF personnel on the night of December 31 for allegedly stealing wheat from the railway goods-shed of the Cuttack railway station.

Curiously, no FIR had been lodged in this regard nor was even a verbal complaint made by anybody. Instead of being produced in a court which, in their case, should have been the designated Juvenile Justice Board the very next day. And they were kept in the lockup for over a week.

 Narrating their ordeal, the two minors informed the media that they were fed just once a day and beaten up with clubs by three policemen at a time twice a day. “While two policemen tied up our hands and feet, the third one rained lathis on us,” they told reporters.

The RPF personnel also did not spare the mediapersons who came to the rescue of the two minor boys.They abused and manhandled the media contingent and even damaged the camera of a TV crew.

Astarang Rail Link project cleared

New Delhi:  The Centre has given ‘in-principle’ clearance for rail connectivity to the Astrang port. This was disclosed by Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Similar clearance has been given for rail connectivity to ports of Jaigarh, Rewas and Dighi in Maharashtra and Hazira and Tuna in Gujrat, he said.

He informed that the rail connectivity to Dhamara port had already been commissioned. Two coal connectivity projects in Chhatisgarh are also being undertaken through joint venture route under the policy, he said.

पूत रेलवे दिसंबर में चलाएगा स्पेशल ट्रेनें

Bhubaneswar (BBS) भुवनेश्वर:  दिसंबर में होने वाली जाड़े की छुट्टियों में ट्रेनों में भीड़भाड़ बढ़ने की संभावना देख पूर्वी तट रेलवे की ओर से स्पेशन ट्रेनें चलाने का एलान किया गया है। इन स्पेशन ट्रेनों में भुवनेश्वर-नई दिल्ली, टाटानगर-विशाखापट्टनम, सियालदह-पुरी, हटिया-यशवंतपुर, भुवनेश्वर-यशवंतपुर, विशाखापट्टनम-कोलम प्रमुख हैं। पूत रेलवे सूत्रों से मिली जानकारी के अनुसार 8 दिसंबर से 29 दिसंबर के मध्य 02815 भुवनेश्वर-नई दिल्ली सुपर फास्ट अतिरिक्त ट्रेन हर रविवार को सुबह 8.10 बजे भुवनेश्वर से रवाना होगी, जो सोमवार सुबह 6.05 मिनट पर नई दिल्ली पहुंचेगी। जबकि यह 02816 सुपर फास्ट ट्रेन सोमवार को दोपहर 1 बजे नई दिल्ली से रवाना होकर मंगलवार सुबह 11 बजे भुवनेश्वर पहुंचेगी। इसी तरह भुवनेश्वर-यशवंतपुर सुपर फास्ट ट्रेन 02845 भुवनेश्वर से प्रति बुधवार 7.45 बजे रवना होगी जो गुरुवार दोपहर 12.10 बजे यशवंतपुर पहूचेगी। यही रेल वापसी के समय गुरुवार रात 23.20 बजे यशवंतपुर से खुलकर शनिवार 3.30 बजे भुवनेश्वर पहूंचेगी। े पू.त.रे सुत्रों के अनुसार इससे यात्री भीड़ पर नियंत्रण पाने से सफलता मिलेगी । उसी तरह सियालदह- पुरी, टाटानगर-विशाखापट्टनम, हटिया-यशवंतपुर, विशाखापट्टणम-कोलम केमध्य भी विशेष रेल गाड़ी चलाई जाएगी।

Detrained, Bangalore bound pasengers clash with RPF/Bhubaneswar

BHUBANESWAR: High drama was witnessed at Bhubaneswar Railway station here on Saturday when 50 youths from Kendrapada clashed with Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel.

The passengers alleged that the RPF jawans forcibly drove them out of a Bangalore-bound train even though they had tickets. As a result, they failed to catch the train and staged a dharna in front of the ticket counter demanding return of their money.

“We did not know that it was a reserved bogey. There was no notice or tag. So we sat inside it. But the police suddenly came and forced us to come out. When we asked them the reason they started beating us. By the time we could board any other bogey, the train left station,” said Bhabagrahi Sahu, a young man from Aul area of Kendrapada.

Most passengers work in a Bangalore-based company and were returning to their workplace after Diwali.

However, Railway Police Force said the passengers entered the bogey reserved by an organization. “When we asked them to vacate the reserved bogey they argued with our personnel. We returned the tickets of all those who could not board the the train,” said IIC of RPF (Bhubaneswar) B K Behera.

Train service affected due to flood, rain in Odisha, AP

Bhubaneshwar: With rain water submerging tracks and flood water flowing above the danger mark on railway bridges due to heavy rain in coastal Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, train services have been disrupted between Khurda Road and Vizianagaram in Howrah-Chennai main line under East Coast Railway.

Some trains have been diverted, short-terminated, cancelled and rescheduled, ECoR sources said.

The ECoR has engaged special patrols to maintain strict vigil where water was flowing at a danger level near railway lines and bridges.

ECoR also set up a helpline telephone numbers: 0674-2301525, 0674-2303721 and 08455885936 to provide information on the running of trains.

Cyclone Phailin: Railways restore link between Howrah, Puri

New Delhi: With cyclone Phailin losing its intensity, the East Coast Railway today restored train services between Howrah and Puri.

However, services between Khurda Road station and Palsa remain suspended as the restoration work on the track is still continuing, an East Coast Railway spokesperson said. The services were restored between Howarh and Puri after necessary repair of overhead equipment, checking of signalling system and removal of uprooted trees and debris from the railway tracks. The railways had on Sunday cancelled all trains between certain sections as a precautionary measure due to the cyclone.

Cyclone Phailin stalls Railway Network on ECOR

Bhubaneswar:  With uprooted high tension towers and signals, damaged platforms and tracks blocked by trees due to high-velocity winds of Cyclone Phailin in Odisha, East Coast Railways on Sunday said no trains were moving in Bhadrak-Khurda Road-Palasa-Vizianagaram sections.

While the up line signal of Ichhapuram station was uprooted, the overbridge and platform shelter at Brahmapur, Ganjam, Somepeta, Balugaon, Mancheswar and Khurda Road stations were either blown away or damaged, ECor Railway said in a press release.

With the wind speed of the cyclone gradually reducing, engineering, traction distribution and signalling and telecommunication staff have been kept in readiness to visit the affected spots by tower wagon and diesel light engines.

The overhead equipment at Khurda Road-Palasa was not functioning and an attempt to charge it had failed, the release said.

The overhead equipment at Cuttack-Paradeep and Barang-Khurda Road sections were also not functioning and tower wagons from Bhadrak and Jajpur-Keonjhar Road had already moved out to the sections, the release said.

Details of sectional damages can be assessed only after the relief team reports back,” it said.

High tension towers were uprooted at many locations in Khurda RoadBrahmapur section.

A large number of uprooted trees were lying on the track and overhead equipment, the release said.

The running of major trains between Kolkata and Chennai passing through Odisha would be affected due to these developments, ECoR sources said.

ECOR, SCR put on High Alert to face Super Cyclone ‘PHAILIN’

Bhubaneshwar / Secunderabad:  With the threat of super cyclone likely to hit Orissa / Andhra Pradesh coastline anytime on Thursday or Friday, East Coast Railway (ECOR) and South Central Railway (SCR) have taken all precautionary measures, including rescue and relief operations required in coastal rail belts, railway sources at Secunderabad and Bhubaneshwar said on Wednesday.

Both the General Managers of SCR and ECOR held a high level meeting with the PHODs and DRMs of respective Divisions of Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneshwar and Vijayawada on Wednesday and instructed that all steps be taken to ensure safe running of trains, they said.

All the Engineering Staff have been put on high alert and Officers’ advised to remain in their Divisional jurisdiction to handle any eventuality.Patrolling of railway tracks has been intensified and in case of emergency trains will be escorted by engineering staff and officials, they said.

According to reports, Officers have been specifically deputed to monitor the situation at vulnerable sections like Ongole-Bapatla, Ongole-Gudur, Gudivada and Samalkot, Vijayawada-Rajahmundry and Rajahmundry-Duwwada on Vijayawada Division of SCR; and the Visakhapatnam-Naupada, Naupada-Berhampur, Berhampur-Bhunaneshwar, Bhubaneshwar-Cuttak-Paradip and Cuttack-Balasore sections on the ECOR.  According to reports, many trains on Bhubaneshwar, Waltair and Vijayawada Division are also running late.

The Railway authorities are in constant touch with the Meteorological and other Government departments to monitor the impact of the cyclone, it said.

AP State Government released Emergency Control Room Numbers (040-23451034, 23455005), SCR and ECOR are yet to release.

CURRENT STATUS OF ‘PHAILIN’ AS PER INDIAN METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT

A senior official from the Meteorological department mentioned that the cyclonic storm, PHAILIN over east central Bay of Bengal remained practically stationery, and lay centred at 2030 hrs IST of 09 October 2013 over near latitude 13.50N and longitude 92.50E, about 220 km north-northwest of Port Blair, 950km southeast of Paradip, 1100 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam. The system would intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. It would continue to move west-northwestwards for some time and then northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast between Kalingapatnam and Paradip by night of 12thth October, 2013 as a very severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 175-185 kmph. Based on latest analysis with NWP models and other conventional techniques, estimated track and intensity of the system are given in the Table below:
PHAILINUnder the influence of this system, rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (≥ 25cm) would occur over Andaman and Nicobar Islands during next 12 hrs. Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur in subsequent 24 hrs.  Squally winds speed reaching 50-60kmph gusting to 70 kmph would prevail over Andaman Nicobar Islands and adjoining sea areas during next 24 hours. Sea condition will be very rough along and off Andaman and Nicobar Islands during next 24 hrs.

Express Trains to Tatanagar on the eve of Durga Puja

Tatanagar: East Coast Railway (ECoR) will run a pair of weekly Express trains via Srikakulam, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Kendujhargarh to cater to the needs of the traveling public during the peak season of Durga Puja celebrations.  The decision has been taken by the Zonal Railway administration keeping in view rush over a period of few years witnessed at this station.

Train no. 08516 Express will leave Visakhapatnam on Sundays from September 22 to November 24 at 5:45 p.m. and reach Tatanagar on the next day at 10:45 a.m. This train is scheduled at Simhachalam 6:01 p.m., Vizianagaram 6:45 p.m., Srikakulam Road 7:50 p.m., Palasa 8:50 p.m., Ichchapuram 9:36 p.m., Brahmapur 10 p.m., Chatrapur 10:22 p.m., Balugaon 11:05 p.m., Khurda Road 00:30 a.m.(midnight), Bhubaneswar 1 a.m., Mancheswar 1:15 a.m., Cuttack 1:35 a.m. on the Visakhapatnam–Cuttack main line and in the Jakhapura–Rajkharswan– Tatanagar line, this train will stop at Jakhapura junction, Sukinda Road, Harichandanpur, Kendujhargarh, Nayagarh, Banspani, Dangoaposi, Chaibasa and Rajkharswan junction, according to the Senior Divisional Commercial Manager of Waltair Division M. Yelvender Yadav.

Train no. 08515 Express will leave Tatanagar on Mondays from September 23 to November 25 at 1 p.m. and arrive in Visakhapatnam on the next day at 4:40 a.m.(early hours of Tuesday). This train halts at the same stations between Tatanagar – Rajkharswan junction – Jakhapura junction and on the Cuttack – Visakhapatnam main line the schedules are: Cuttack : 9:30 p.m., Mancheswar 9:57 p.m., Bhubaneswar 10:05 p.m., Khurda Road 10:40 p.m., Balugaon 11:34 p.m., Chatrapur 00:12 a.m. (midnight), Brahmapur 00:30 a.m., Ichchapuram 00:54 a.m., Palasa 1:50 a.m., Srikakulam 2:43 a.m., Vizianagaram 3:43 a.m. and Simhachalam 4:23 a.m.

New building of Sishu Niketan opened by ECORWWO at Bhubaneswar

ECoRBhubaneshwar:  The new building of Sishu Niketan at Mancheswar Railway Colony has been inaugurated by Ratna Ghosh, President, East Coast Railway Womens’ Welfare Organisation (ECoRWWO) recently.

The Sishu Niketan is being managed by ECoRWWO Mancheswar wing to provide basic educational facilities to the wards of Railway employees up to Nursery level and also to promote cultural activities in the field of art and music.

Inaugurating the new building, Ghosh praised the role of Mancheswar ECoRWWO in promoting cultural as well as educational activities among the children/wards of Railway employees.

Tanuja Pankaj, President of ECoRWWO of Mancheswar Workshop and other members were present on this occasion.

RPF, Odisha Forest Officials busted turtle smuggling gang

43562Bhubaneswar: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) and forest officials busted an interstate turtle smuggling gang and arrested two accused here on Tuesday. As many as 122 Indian soft-shell turtles were recovered from their possession. The accused were identified as Durga Shankar Manna (38) of West Medinapur in West Bengal and Gandu Shikari, a native of Sakhigopal in Puri.

A forest official said all the seized turtles weigh between 500 grams and 1.5 kilogram. And these come under the Schedule-I under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

Last night the RPF has seized 81 Indian soft-shell turtles from Howrah bound Jagannath Express at Bhubaneswar railway station while those were being transported to Kolkata by Manna. Investigation revealed that since last two years Manna used to buy the turtles from Sikari and used to sell the turtles in West Bengal. Manna was buying these turtles from Shikari at a price of Rs 50 to Rs 60 and sells those at a price of Rs 200 per kilogram to some selected hotels in Kolkata.

Barun Kumar Behera, IIC of RPF post said “last night Manna boarded the train from Sakhigopal with two large size packets. But his behavior led to suspicion by fellow passengers that he might be carrying marijuana. Later they informed us regarding this matter and following that we raided the train here. We found that 81 live turtles were being transported by Manna,” we handed over him and the seized turtles to the forest officials, Behera added.

Sources said acting on the confession made by Manna, the officials of city forest division today raided at the residence of Shikari in Sakhigopal and seized 41 turtles from his possession. Sikari used to catch the turtles from several water bodies in Puri district and used to sell those to Manna as he was a regular buyer.

The turtles seized from the possession of Manna were released in to a lake in Chandaka and the turtles seized from Shikari’s residence were handed over to the concerned forest range. Earlier the forest officials had seized a number of turtles from the city which were kept for decorative purposes. But this is for the first time an inter-state smuggling racket was busted by the sleuths.

New weekly train between Sainagar Shirdi and Puri

The Railway authorities have decided to introduce a New Weekly express train between Sainagar Shirdi and Puri for the benefit of passengers.

According to an official release here today, Train No. 18408 Sainagar Shirdi- Puri Weekly Express will leave Sainagar Shirdi at 1300 hrs on every Sunday from August 18, this year, and will arrive Puri at 2300 hrs the next day. Train No 18407 Puri-Sainagar Shirdi Weekly Express will leave Puri at 2215 hrs, every Friday from August 16 and will arrive at Sainagar Shirdi at 0825 hrs on the third day.

It will halt at Kopargaon, Manmad, Bhusaval, Akola, Badnera, Wardha, Nagpur, Gondia, Durg, Raipur, Mahasamund, Khariar Road, Kantabanji, Titlagarh, Balangir, Bargarh Road, Sambalpur, Boinda, Angul, Talcher Road, Dhenkanal, Mancheswar, Bhubaneshwar and Khurda Road, it added.

Puri-Darbhanga Express to be extended to Jay Nagar

With an aim to provide more comfort to the commuters and as announced in last Railway Budget, Railways have decided to extend 18419/18420 Puri-Darbhanga-Puri Express up to Jay Nagar with effect from August 1. 18419 Puri-Darbhanga Express leaving Puri at 1.45 pmon every Thursday will arrive at Jay Nagar at 1.30 pm on Friday. In the return direction, 18420 Jay Nagar-Puri Express will leave Jay Nagar at 4.45 am on every Saturday and will arrive at Puri at 3.20 am on every Sunday with effect from August 3. 18419/18420 Puri-Jay Nagar-Puri Express has one AC-2 tier, two AC-3 tiers, eight sleeper class, six general second class and two guard cum luggage vans in its composition having stoppages at Sakri and Madhubani between Darbhanga and Jay Nagar.

ECoR run Special Trains on Bahuda Yatra for Pilgrims

The East Coast Railway has decided to run additional special trains and extend services of the existing ones to and from Puri after rath yatra. On bahuda yatra, the return journey of the deities, and following golden avatar of the holy trio, the suna besha ritual, special trains will run to ensure a comfortable journey for the visitors from various parts of the state.

The services of 12891/12892 Bangiriposi-Bhubaneswar-Bangiriposi Express earlier extended to Puri till July 19 will now run till July 20. A special train from Bhawanipatna will leave at 1pm on July 17 and will arrive at Puri at 4.20am on July 18, the bahuda yatra day. On its return journey, this train will leave Puri at 6.15pm on July 18 and will run till Balangir scheduled to arrive at 7am on the next day.

Another special train will leave Bhawanipatna at 5am on July 19, on the day of suna besha and arrive in Puri at 8pm. On the return journey, this train will leave Puri at 11.45pm on July 19 and run till Balangir scheduled to arrive at 12pm on July 20.

One more special train from Puri will leave at 10.15pm on the suna besha day towards Bhawanipatna and will arrive at 11pm on the next day.

Sanitation and cleanliness measures have also been improved at the stations to ensure health security of passengers to and from Puri.

An 1800sqmt temporary shed that can accommodate 3,000 people at a time has been installed at the Puri railway station. Drinking water taps and food kiosks have also been set up at the Puri station for the festival.

Other major facilities for the visitors offered by the East Coast Railway are medical assistance booths and ambulances as well as tight security arrangements for passengers onboard the special trains.

East Coast Railway Powers Puri’s Jagannatha Rath Yatra

Apart from transporting lakhs of people to Puri during the Rath Yatra, starting on Wednesday, the Railways have another contribution to the festival — ensuring that the three massive chariots remain on course during their sojourn.

As the wooden chariots don’t have steering wheels, they tend to run off the pre-determined course with hundreds of devotees making a mad scramble to pull them. This is when the Railways come to the rescue, keeping the chariots straight on their course. The Railways use the same technique that they use while getting derailed coaches back on rail.
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“Using massive screw jacks, we get the three chariots to their pre-determined places. Through these jacks we hoist the chariots several feets from the ground and then bring back to the place pre-determined by the temple officials. It’s a tedious work as we can only shift the chariot a couple of inches with each push, but we enjoy doing it,” said V T Rao, a railway supervisor who has been doing the chariot duty since the last four years.

“Without them, it is difficult to think of Rath Yatra. They are like cogs in the chariots’ wheels,” said Puri SP Anup Kumar Sahoo.

The practice of railwaymen lending a helping hand during the festival started in 1960 when the then senior divisional commercial manager of South Eastern Railway V T Patel had come to Puri. “Soon after the chariots started rolling, one of it got entangled with an electric poll which damaged the axle. While other government officials were clueless on how to extricate the chariot, Patel offered help. Using screw jacks, the mechanical staff of Railways extricated the chariot and hoisted it off so that the carpenters could repair the broken axle,” said Muralidhar Sahu, a former Railway employee.
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“We start our work during afternoon, traversing and lifting the chariots inch by inch, till it comes to the earmarked places keeping the proper gap between the chariots and their alignment,” said Rao.

Thirty-odd railwaymen with their tools loaded in a truck follow the chariots till they reach Gundicha temple, around 3 km away. For chariots of Lord Jagannath and Lord Balabhadra 10 screw jacks are used while for Goddess Subhadra’s chariot eight screw jacks are enough.

“The road in front of 12th century Jagannath temple on which the chariots roll is now smooth and wide. But a few decades ago, it was not so and thus chariots would take anything between two to 12 days to reach Gundicha temple. The role of railwaymen in maneouvering the chariots in such roads can never be over-emphasised,” said J P Mishra, chief public relations officer of East Coast Railways.

Problems dog Bhubaneswar railway station

imagesBhubaneswar:  Bhubaneswar Railway Station presents a picture of contrast. While on one hand it boasts of hi-tech facilities like escalators, luggage scanners and touch screen enquiry terminals, on the other there are poor amenities and sanitation, garbage dumps and chaotic parking outside platform-4.

If you enter the railway station through Old Station Square, heaps of garbage will welcome you. And, inside dogs rule the platform 4.

“You will have to jostle your way through a narrow passage if you have to go to the station through platform 4. The entrance remains choc-a-bloc with vehicles,” said former diplomat Abasar Beuria. He said the railways has neglected platform 4, which used to be the platform 1 when the railway station came up. “Many people prefer to exit through platform 1 even though the trains halt at platform 4,” he added.

Ironically, East Coast Railway (ECoR) has engaged 91 contractual labourers to ensure cleanliness of four platforms. A reality check belies the sheer number.

The railway station witnesses around 55,000 footfall a day. “The sanitation in platform 1 is OK, but other three platforms are neglected,” said passenger Kishor Patra.

The ECoR officials admitted that platform 4 is not as clean as platform 1. “Platform 4 is congested and there is lack of cleanliness because of encroachment. We are not able to stop unauthorized entry of visitors,” said ECoR chief public relations officer J P Mishra. About the canine menace, he attributed it to jurisdictional problems. “We took up the matter with the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) two months back. The civic body is yet to take action,” said Mishra. However, city mayor A N Jena said, “Suo motu we can’t drive away dogs. ECoR authorities should request us to do it. We have not received any communication from ECoR.”

Gangman gets killed while trying to stop theft at Bhubaneswar Railway Station

A railway gangman was allegedly battered to death by a man when he along with his colleague tried to prevent the latter from stealing an iron rod from Bhubaneswar railway station on Wednesday.

The deceased was identified as Malaya Ketan Pradhan (26). His colleague Ram Nandan Pandit (42) sustained serious head injuries in the incident and is battling for life at a private hospital. The accused Moon Barua, a native of Assam, has been arrested.

Sources said the incident took place around 4.30 am when a few government railway police (GRP) officers and workers were busy with the mordernization work on platform no-1. “Pradhan and Pandit noticed Barua running away with an iron rod used for locking the track. When they tried to stop him, he suddenly flew into rage and attacked them with the same rod,” SP (government railway police) K S Kawar said. “He was immediately overpowered by other workers. Our men rushed to the spot and arrested him,” Kawar said.

Pradhan was immediately taken to railway hospital at Mancheswar, but doctors declared him dead soon after his arrival, police said. “The condition of Pandit is very critical,” said Bhubaneswar GRP inspector Soubhagya Kumar Swain. The iron rod with which Barua allegedly hammered the two gangmen has been seized.

Sources said Barua of Assam’s Narayanpur village was carrying a general ticket of Dibrugarh-Chennai Express. “We are trying to ascertain his purpose of visiting Bhubaneswar. We have contacted Merapani police to verify his antecedents,” Swain said.

ECoR’s Mancheswar Workshop to repair LHB coaches

The Carriage Repair Workshop (CRW) of East Coast Railway at Mancheswar is set to take up maintenance and repair needs of important long distance trains which are fast switching to the Linke Holfmann Busch (LHB) coaches.
fix491pzriwyThis year only, the workshop achieved the capability to maintain LHB coaches which are modern, fire-retardant in nature, do not capsize during mishaps and have a longer shelf life. It was in May that one rake of Rajdhani Express was maintained by the workshop for the fist time.

In next few months, the entire rakes of Rajdhani and Duronto trains are targeted to be maintained at Mancheswar and need not be sent to far-off workshops. This will help better availability of coaches and problems can be better monitored too, Chief Workshop Manager of CRW SK Pankaj told mediapersons here on Wednesday.

He said ` 38 crore had been sanctioned by Railway Board to accommodate special facilities for maintenance of LHB coaches at the CRW and it has taken rapid strides. Indian Railways is fast switching over to LHB design steel shell and integral coach factory (ICF) bogie with air spring.

Earlier, these coaches were being repaired in West Bengal, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Now complete overhauling of bogies, air brake system and roof mounted air-conditioning system including poly-urethane paintings, interior and renewal of berths of LHB coaches have been achieved and sent for passenger carrying.

Pankaj said the workshop is also targeting to achieve a capacity augmentation from the 100 periodic overhauls (POH) of coaches per month to 150 POH per month by next year.

The capacity augmentation, sanctioned by Railway Board in 2008-09 at an estimated ` 25 crore, would enable the workshop to repair upto 150 coaches per month. The workshop achieved a record of highest ever outturn of 134 coaches in April 2013.

The Mancheswar workshop under ECoR would celebrate three decades of its operation in December this year. The first off POH coach was turned out on December 31, 1983. For capacity expansion, procurement of machinery and civil construction work is under advance stage. The CRW is spread over 314 acres of land with its workshop occupying 121 acres.

The workshop had started POH of hybrid coaches in February 2012 with Duronto Express. It is also developing infrastructure for supply of wagons and locomotive wheels to divisions.

Pankaj said a work order has already been sanctioned at the cost of Rs 57.7 lakh to develop facility for freight wheels.

Yuva Utkal Bharat stages protest against Railways apathy

Demanding completion of various railway projects in the State, the Yuva Utkal Bharat (YUB) led by its president Abhishek Joshi staged a demonstration in front of the East Coast Railway headquarters here on Tuesday.

Expressing grave concern over the delay of various project works across the State, the youth leaders said the Railway Ministry is consistently showing apathetic attitude towards the State though the railway collects highest revenue from Odisha.

They demanded completion of doubling of the Cuttack-Barang railway line in three months and construction of two more platforms at the Bhubaneswar railway station to reduce rush. They also demanded completion of doubling of the Puri-Khurda line in six months and controlling of food prices sold inside the railway stations.

As the Nabakalebar of Lord Jagannath would take place in 2015 for which lakhs of people would throng Puri, the Railways needs to complete the doubling of railway lines within the stipulated time, said the youth activists. Among others, YUB general secretary Debabrata Tripathy, vice-president Sanatan Dalbehera, secretary M Sambit Das and Biswambar Mohapatra led the demonstration.

Escalator commissioned at Bhubaneswar railway station

For the first time an escalator was commissioned under the East Coast Railway jurisdiction at the Bhubaneswar railway station at platform number one. Inaugurating the escalator yesterday Divisional Railway Manager of Khurda Road Division S K Mohanty, said the commissioning of escalator was an important and historical achievement for the East Coast Railway.
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He said one more escalator has been sanctioned for Bhubaneswar Station and its commissioning will be completed during this financial year.

This facility is being provided for convenience of large number of patients and senior citizens at the railway station. ECoR sources said the work of commissioning of escalator was completed in time and extensive trials were conducted during the last week. After successful trials and inspection, the escalator facility was opened to railway passengers yesterday.There are two pathways having 32 steps in the escalator which can carry a total of 120 passengers per minute with a speed of 0.5 metre per second.

Holiday to Puri? Check if your train’s on track

KOLKATA: South Eastern Railway has announced that train movement on the sector would be regulated until June 11 to commission the third track between Panskura and Kharagpur stations.

If you have booked a ticket to Puri, better check whether your train will run. Otherwise, you might have to settle for a refund.better check whether

While 11 pairs of long-distance trains will remain cancelled on “nominated” dates during this period, several others will run along diverted routes or be short-terminated.

SER has announced that those with confirmed tickets on these trains would get full refund of fares from all passenger reservation system (PRS) centres. Suburban commuters under SER will also face a harrowing time between May 30 and June 2 as 62 EMU locals will remain cancelled. These locals are between Howrah and Panskura, Howrah and Midnapore and Howrah and Kharagpur. Between June 3 and June 11, SER will cancel 23 local trains. These will be between Howrah and Kharagpur and between Howrah and Midnapore.

“The third track between Panskura and Kharagpur is a very important project and will allow us to handle more trains and maintain punctuality,” said said Soumitra Majumdar, Chief PRO, SER.

“The project was inaugurated by Mamata Banerjee soon after she took over as railway minister in 2009. Phase-I was between Panskura and Shyamchak and Phase-II from Shyamchak to Kharagpur. The third track has been laid. We will now have to integrate this track with the other two through crossovers. The signals will also have to be integrated so that the crossover points work properly. We shall start pre-non interlocking work from Tuesday night. From May 30, we shall start non-interlocking work. We did our best to keep as many passenger-carrying trains running as possible. However, there is a limit to our capacity as there are a large number of goods trains that have to be given priority as they carry essential commodities. We were forced to cancel, divert and short-terminate some trains to complete the work,” Majumdar added.

After completion of work, the existing Down track will become the central one and become a reversible one. The new track will then become the exclusive Down track.

According to sources, officials had selected this time as they had expected few people to travel to Puri in the summer.

However, a check has revealed that nearly 37% people have been booked to Puri on the Shatabdi and Duronto expresses.

Massive Cleanliness Drive by ECoR – 11319 Persons fined and Rs.7,44,610 collected

East Coast Railway has taken a massive awareness campaign o­n cleanliness and also imposed fine for the violations. During the cleanliness and anti-spitting drive in ECoR jurisdiction, 11319 persons have been fined so far for spitting and littering in Railway premises. An amount of Rupees 7,44,610/-have been collected as fine.

Spitting and littering entails now a fine of Rs. 100/- at ‘A1’ Class Stations like Bhubaneswar, Puri and Visakhapatnam, Rs.50/- at ‘A’ Class Stations like Bhadrak, Brahmapur, Cuttack, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Khurda Road, Palasa, Rayagada, Srikakulam Road, Vizianagaram and Sambalpur and Rs. 30/- will be charged at rest of the stations under East Coast Railway jurisdiction.

In the new Rule 2012 of Indian Railways o­n Prohibition of Activities Affecting Cleanliness and Hygiene in the Railway Premises, Persons Contravening Rules can be Punished with a Fine upto Rs. 500/-. The Ministry of Railways has issued a notification containing rules o­n prohibition of activities affecting cleanliness and hygiene in the Railway premises along with penalties for contravention of these rules. The Indian Railways (Penalties for activities affecting cleanliness at Railway premises) Rules 2012 have been notified in the Extraordinary Gazette of India, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) vide Gazette Notification no. GSR 846(E) dt. 26.11.2012.

Under these notified rules, no person shall (i) throw or deposit litter in any occupied or unoccupied Railway premises or the carriage except in authorised places; (ii) cook, bathe, spit, urinate, defecate, feed animal or birds, repair or wash vehicles, washing utensils or clothes or any other objects or keep any type of storage in any Railway premises except in such facilities or conveniences specifically provided for any of these purposes; (iii) paste or put up any poster or write or draw anything or matter in any compartment or carriage of the Railway or any premises thereof, without any lawful authority; (iv) indulge in defacing Railway property.

Authorised Vendors/hawkers will make necessary arrangements to keep a container or waste basket for collecting litter and proper disposal of its contents. Whosoever contravenes any of the provisions of these rules or fails to comply with such provisions shall be punished with a fine which shall not exceed five hundred rupees.

Trains cancelled, diverted

In view of track developmental works to be carried out between Pansukura and Shyamchak section in West Bengal, a number of trains are either cancelled or short terminated and some other trains are being diverted. According to a release issued by Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, East Coast Railway Visakhapatnam M. Yelvender Yadav, the following trains are cancelled. Train No. 22874 Visakhapatnam–Digha leaving Visakhapatnam on May 30 and on June 6 are cancelled. Train No. 22873 Digha-Visakhapatnam leaving Digha on May 31 and on June 7 and reaching Visakhapatnam on the next day are cancelled.

Train No. 22853 Shalimar–Visakhapatnam leaving Shalimar on May 28 and June 4 reaching Visakhapatnam on the next day are cancelled. Similarly train No. 22854 Visakhapatnam-Shalimar leaving Visakhapatnam on May 29 and on June 5 are cancelled.

The following UP trains are diverted and shall run on an alternate route. Train No.12514 Guwahati- Secunderabad leaving Guwahati on May 30 and on June 06 will be diverted via Asansol, Adra and Hijili.

Train No. 12508 Guwahati-Ernakulam leaving Guwahati on May 31 and on June 7 will be diverted via Asansol, Adra and Hijili. Train No. 15902 Dibrugarh-Yeshvantpur Express leaving Dibrugarh on May 31 and on June 7 will be diverted via Asansol, Adra and Hijili. Train No. 12510 Guwahati-Bangalore Express leaving Guwahati on May 27 and 28 and on June 2, 3, 4, 9 and on 10 will be diverted via Asansol, Adra and Hijili. Train No. 12516 Guwahati–Trivandrum Express leaving Guwahati on May 29 and on June 5 will be diverted via Asansol, Adra and Hijili.

The following DOWN trains are also diverted. Train No. 12253 Yeshvantpur–Bhagalpur Express leaving Yeshvantpur on June 1 and on 8 will be diverted via Hijili, Midnapur, Adra and Asansol. Train No. 15227 Yeshvantpur–Muzaffarpur Express leaving Yeshvantpur on May 29 and on June 5 will be diverted via Hijili, Midnapur,and Asansol. Train No. 12513 Secunderabad-Guwahati Express train leaving Secunderabad on June 2 and 9 will be diverted via Hijili, Midnapur, and Asansol. Train No. 12515 Trivandrum–Guwahati leaving Trivandrum on June 2 and 9 will be diverted via Hijili, Midnapur, and Asansol. Train No. 12509 Bangalore-Guwahati Express leaving Bangalore on May 29, 30 and 31 and on June 5, 6 and 7 will be diverted via Hijili, Midnapur, and Asansol. Passengers are requested to note the changes and regretted for the inconvenience caused.

ECoR originating income up 29%

East Coast Railway (ECoR) has logged 28.81 per cent growth in its total originating earnings at Rs.11,612 crore in 2012-13, as against Rs 9,015 crore in 2011-12.

In freight buECOR Logosiness, ECoR loaded 133.4 million tonnes of freight in last fiscal, 10.46 per cent higher than 120.77 million tonne achieved during 2011-12. The zonal railway surpassed its freight target of 130 million tonnes assigned to it for 2012-13.

On the passenger front, EcoR carried 88.58 million passengers in the last fiscal, an increase of 2.58 million travelers compared to the previous year.

“In spite of operational constraints in single line, adverse climatic conditions and threats on security, 2012-13 has yielded spectacular performance,” said Indra Ghosh, General Manager, ECoR at the 58th Railway Week celebration here.

He said, ECoR has completed introduction of all new trains and extension of one train service to different destinations.

The operating ratio of ECoR stood at 44.85 per cent, lowest in Indian Railways.

During 2012-13, the zonal railway augmented 20 coaches on permanent basis and 1,893 coaches on a temporary basis in 186 pairs of trains to clear extra rush on day-to-day basis. ECoR has completed the broad gauge line from Lanjigarh to Bhawanipatna, third line between Bhubaneswar and Khurda, fourth line between Kottavalasa and Simachalam North and electrification of 30 level crossing gates.

The Railways have also commissioned a scrap depot at Mancheswar, passenger reservation system at seven stations, unreserved ticketing system at 25 locations, retiring rooms at four stations and touch screen terminals at five locations during the last fiscal. “The Railways will shortly be in a position to open Lanjigarh-Junagarh new line and Khurda Road-Begunia section of Khurda Road-Bolangir new line,” said an ECoR release.

About 232 railway staff and officers were felicitated on the occasion and the overall efficiency shield was awarded to Waltair division for its best all-round performance.

Subrat Tripathy, senior deputy general manager cum chief vigilance officer and Susant Kumar Purohit, deputy general manager, ECoR also spoke on the occasion.

Eviction drive near Bhubaneshwar Railway Station on ECoR

Around 50 makeshift structures near the Railway Station were removed in an eviction drive on Wednesday, which was initiated by the Bhubaneshwar Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Temporary structures, lining on both sides of the road from Railway Station to Master Canteen, were removed by BMC. The structures included fruit kiosks, makeshift hotels and small fast food stalls.

The BMC had proposed to clean the area near the Railway station recently. But the eviction drive could not be carried out due to the delay in sanction of police force.

The approach roads to the  station are now wide enough for rail commuters to make their way to the station easily. They had complained that the shops had made it difficult for them to reach the station.

ECoR staffer in soup over RTI query

BHUBANESWAR: A railway employee has in a petition filed in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Cuttack, alleged that he was victimized for seeking information under RTI Act. The information relates to receipt and expenditure of money for conduct of some sports activities, organised by the East Coast Railway (ECoR) here in different years.

Chief office superintendent (mechanical) of ECoR Subhendu Sekhar Kar has in his April 2 petition with CAT also alleged that he was shunted to Sambalpur because he sought information under RTI Act.

ECoR denied Kar was victimized and attributed his transfer to ‘routine official procedure’. “We are alert to the development. The CAT order will be followed,” chief public relations officer of ECoR R N Mohapatra told.

In his petition, Kar said he had on December 5, 2012, sought information on sanction and expenditure of funds towards different heads in the All India Railway Athletic Championship in 2005, 2008 and 2012 and All India Railway Volleyball Championship in 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012 held in Bhubaneswar. On April 1, he received his transfer letter and a letter saying no information would be provided to him.

Challenging the transfer order, Kar moved CAT and maintained that the information he sought under RTI might have put positions of some senior officials in danger. In his petition, Kar wrote, “I suspect some office-bearers of East Coast Railway Sports Association (ECoRSA) misappropriated huge amounts by way of submitting false bills in some sports events here in comparison to the expenditure incurred in similar sports activities held at other places by the Railways.”

“While the feedback of some players, who were staying at Kalinga Stadium, on arrangements and provision of basic amenities by ECoRSA was adverse, huge money was shown as spent in the bills. That was the reason why they were hesitating to share the information with me,” Kar said in his petition.

“I was instructed by the first appellate authority (senior deputy general manager, ECoR) to refrain from activities related to RTI. Instead of giving me information within one month, I was made to run from pillar to post,” Kar added in his petition.

The CAT on April 8 imposed status quo on his transfer and directed him to put forth his grievance before the general manager of ECoR. “The applicant is directed to make a suitable representation by placing all the facts before the ECoR’s general manager, seeking appropriate relief within a period of 10 days. Status quo in respect of the applicant shall be maintained till the representation is disposed by the concerned authority,” the CAT order said.

ECoR to be no. 1 zonal rly shortly

A seminar was held at the Rail Sadan on Monday to mark decade growth of the East Coast Railway with former Railway General Managers and other eminent personalities sharing their views.

Former SE Railway GM A.Ramji congratulated the ECoR for its excellent performance this year surpassing the target in loading and also in passenger carrying performance.

He hoped that with such good growth rate the ECoR would become the number one zonal railway in the Indian Railways very shortly.

Former ECoR GM SR Choudhury, known as this railway’s architect, spoke high of its achievements year after year, particularly this year’s record breaking performance.

Nalco CMD Ansuman Das stated that both Nalco and Railways are partners in progress. The Railways contribute immensely for the growth of Nalco; at the same time the Nalco gives its best for the Railways’ development. Head of Logistics of Tata Group OP Mishra described the Railways as the lifeline of the nation.

ECoR GM Indra Ghosh said, the ECoR’s turnaround this year became a reality with proper planning and its implementation.

The ECoR has given the highest incremental loading to the Indian Railways compared to other zonal railways and has occupied the pride of place in the comity of zonal railways being the second largest freight-loading railway in the Railways.

While the prominently visible passenger business is no doubt important for providing services and facilities to this region in general and passengers in particular; it is the less glamorous freight business that earns the ECoR’s bread and butter, Ghosh observed.

“Unless we’re able to generate adequate financial resources, funds will not be available for either providing or further improving passenger services,” he added.

Earlier, ECoR Chief Operations Manager GD Brahma welcomed the dignitaries while Senior DGM and Chief Vigilance Officer Subrat Tripathy spoke about the history and heritage of the ECoR. DGM SK Purohit offered a vote of thanks.

At early morning, a Railthon was organised from the Rail Sadan to the Kalinga Stadium and back, in which hundreds of railway officers and their family members headed GM Ghosh participated.

The 10th anniversary of the East Coast Railway was celebrated at the Rail Kunj on Monday. ECoR GM Indra Ghosh said the long-cherished aspirations of the people of this region became a reality with the creation of this new zonal railway a decade ago.

He said this railway serves 27 out of 30 districts of Odisha, along with Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh and Mahasamund, Bastar and Dantewada districts of Chhattisgarh. ECoR provides the all-important link between southern, eastern and north-eastern States.

Earlier, president of ECoR Women’s Welfare Organisation Ratna Ghosh inaugurated an exhibition of paintings at the Rail Kunj. The paintings of renowned artists from Odisha and Visakhapatnam have been displayed at the exhibition.

A colourful souvenir was released jointly by Ratna Ghosh and Indra Ghosh. A cultural programme was also organised to mark the occasion.

Parliament Question: Heavy Haul Goods Trains

Indian Railways have introduced heavy haul goods trains to modernize and improve the freight transportation in the country.  The axle load of freight trains have been increased from 20.32 tonne to 22.32 tonnes.  In addition, on certain identified routes, freight trains with 25 tonne axle load have been permitted, thus adding to the overall transportation capacity.  The routes identified for running 25 tonne axle load trains are:

East Coast Railway (Banspani-Daitari-Jakhpura-Paradeep section) (Kirandul-Kottavalasa-Vishakhapatnam section) and (Koraput-Rayagada-Vizianagaram-Visahkhapatnam section)
South Eastern Railway (Noamundi-Banspani-Tata section)
South East Central Railway (Marauda-Dallirajahara section)
South Western Railway (Toranagallu-Ranjitpura section)

Running of heavy haul trains helps in improving throughput per train.  Thus, requirement of running more no. of trains in a section comes down.  This helps in generating more number of paths for additional freight trains.

Indian Railways have indigenously developed the wagons for operation at 25 tonne axle load.  All the routes indicated above have been gradually upgraded for operation of 25 tonne axle load train.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.