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Odisha: Railways to run special trains to overcome summer rush

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Bhubaneswar: The Indian Railways has announced that it would run eight special trains to clear the extra rush of passengers during summer from the East Coast Railway (ECoR) jurisdiction in Odisha to other parts of the country. These trains will ply from first week of April to July 1, a top railway official said today.

These trains are Puri-Santragachhi (Howrah)-Puri Special, Puri-Habibganj-Puri Special, Sambalpur-Shalimar-Sambalpur Special, Raigarh-Sambalpur-Raigarh Special, Sambalpur-Banaswadi-Sambalpur Special, Puduchery-Santragachhi-Puduchery Special, Chennai-Santragachhi-Chennai Special, Kacheguda-Tata-Kacheguda Special, Visakhapatnam-Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Special, Visakhapatnam-Tirupati-Visakhapatnam Special and Visakhapatnam-Kacheguda/Tirupati Special.

Besides, more coaches will be added in the important regular trains running through the State from other parts of the country, the official added.

The Railways has asked passengers to book tickets in these special trains in order to avoid being in the wait list in the regular trains.

Meanwhile, the ECoR has advised to all its divisions to ensure proper functioning of water distribution outlets and water taps to make passengers feel comfortable during the summer season.

All the three Divisions of ECoR such as Khurda Road, Sambalpur and Waltair have been advised to ensure maximum state of alertness during the Summer Season. Special emphasis has been given to introduce Hot Weather Patrolling when the Rail Temperature goes beyond the specified limit.

Trackmen have been advised to remain alert all the time over this problem and use Rail Thermometer to access the situation at the earliest and keep a vigil on expansion and contraction of Tracks.

Adequate fire fighting equipments at stations, sensitive locations and in trains are to be provided and close liasioning with state fire brigades for quick availability on call in case of any fire incident. Apart from this, branches of trees likely to obstruct and infringe the track and OHE are to be pruned. Security Department of ECoR has also been directed to prevent Rail Users & Passengers from carrying inflammable materials during their journey in trains.

This apart, banners and posters on fire safety have been placed in sensitive locations. Preventive measures have been taken to avoid cases of Hot Engine of Diesel Locomotives. Training on Fire Fighting is being given and frequent inspections are being conducted to check for any deficiencies