Bhubaneswar: The East Coast Railway (ECoR) will be providing free bus services between Bhubaneswar-Puri and Khurda Road-Puri for passengers of trains partially cancelled for safety related modernization work at the Puri railway station.
Bonafide passengers who are supposed to entrain or detrain at Puri, Khurda Road and Bhubaneswar railway stations for the short terminated trains will be provided with free Bus service facilities by Railways at Puri, Khurda Road and Bhubaneswar Railway stations in both the directions during September 14 to 24.
The short terminated trains are:
1. Train No. 12277 Howrah-Puri Shatabdi Express leaving Howrah from 14.09.2018 to 24.09.2018 will run upto Bhubaneswar except on 15.09.2018 and 22.09.2018. Similarly Train no. 12278 Puri-Howrah Shatabdi Express will originate from Bhubaneswar instead of Puri from 16.09.2018 to 25.09.2018 except 15.09.2018 and 22.09.2018.
2. Train No. 12821 Howrah-Puri Express leaving from Howrah will run upto Bhubaneswar and in return direction train no. 12822 Puri – Howrah express will originate from Bhubaneswar instead of Puri. The service of this train between Bhubaneswar-Puri-Bhubaneswar will be cancelled from 13.09.2018 to 24.09.2018.
3. Train no. 18303 Sambalpur – Puri Intercity express leaving from Sambalpur will run upto Khurda Road and in return direction train no. 18304 Puri- Sambalpur intercity express will start from Khurda Road instead from Puri. The service of this train between Khurda Road-Puri-Khurda Road will be cancelled from 14.09.2018 to 24.09.2018.
4. Train no. 17480 Tirupati – Puri Express leaving Tirupati on 14.09.18, 15.09.18, 17.09.18, 18.09.18, 19,09.18, 21.09.18 & 22.09.18 (7 days) will run up to Khurda Road and in return direction train no. 17479 Puri- Tirupati express on 15.09.18, 16.09.18, 18.09.18, 19,09.18, 20.09.18, 22.09.18 & 23.09.18 (7 days) will start from Khurda Road instead from Puri. The service of this train between Khurda Road-Puri-Khurda Road will be cancelled from 14.09.2018 to 24.09.2018.
Notably, modification and massive works at Puri Railway Station involves shifting of Yard Layout, Signaling Changes, Changes in Overhead Wire Equipment and Sleepers of Tracks, Points, etc. which will result in upgrading infrastructure/improving capacity to handle trains at Puri.
After the restructuring exercise, the capacity to accommodate coaches at platform 7 and 8 will go up to 26. Longer trains will have more coaches and generate more berths for passengers.