Patna: Railway Board chairman Ashok Kumar Mittal inaugurated the 14th foundation day function of East Central Railway (ECR) at S K Memorial Hall here on Saturday. The ECR had come into existence on October 1, 2002 with its headquarters at Hajipur in Vaishali district.
Speaking on the occasion, Mittal lauded the ECR efforts in achieving an all-round development of railways in Bihar. He said the ECR was created with an aim to providing a link between east and northeast ends of the railways. “The mobility of Indian Railways now depends on the ECR which has been made a smaller zone with a view to improving its efficiency. While it has already achieved its target, other newly created zones are looking up to it for better performance,” he said, adding ECR needs to develop infrastructure in tune with the increasing number of passenger and goods trains.
Mittal said the ECR has always performed despite adverse situations. Though coal loading is its main business, railways intends to improve its ‘capacity limitation’, he said.
According to ECR GM Aditya Kumar Mittal, the ECR has provided maximum passenger amenities during its 14th years of existence and the provisions include passenger reservation system (PRS), unreserved ticketing system (UTS), platform extension, and sheds on platforms, safe drinking water, benches and platform surfacing at all big and small stations.
About 90 lakh passengers travel daily through ECR area while it yields about Rs 6 crore revenue per day. Similarly, ECR is earning about Rs 25 to 30 crore per day from goods loading segment alone, sources said.
A lively cultural programme was also organized on the occasion. Noted Odishi dancer Dona Ganguly and singers Trijay Deo and Somchandra Bhattacharya regaled the capacity audience with their scintillating performance.