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.