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Indian Railway to run 184 special trains during Rath Yatra

The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has decided to run 184 special trains to Puri to avoid the heavy rush of passengers during the nine-day-long Rath Yatra festival starting from July 14.

ECoR will run these trains to Puri from Khurda, Bhubaneswar, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Paradip, Berhampur, Bhawanipatna, Keonjhar, Bangiriposi (Mayurbhanj), Palasa and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Kharagpur, Shalimar (Kolkata) between July 14 and July 25.

“We are also tying up with South Eastern Railway to start a special train from Rourkela via Keonjhar to Puri for Rath Yatra. It will cover several Odisha-West Bengal border areas besides western and eastern part of the state,” said a senior railway officer.

A total of 28 trains will run to and from Puri for Gundicha Yatra (first day of Ratha Yatra) on July 14. The zone has arranged 26 trains for Bahuda Yatra on July 22 and 26 trains for Sunabesha ritual of the deities falls on next day of the Bahuda Yatra. Other trains will run between July 14 and July 22 and a day after the Sunabesha ritual.

A railway spokesperson Railway sources said the zone will keep some extra coaches with the engine ready to be worked out at short notice. “In case we find crowds at any station, we will run special trains.”

The ECoR will open five additional inquiry counters, 35 additional ticket counters, ‘May I Help You’ booths and additional ticket checking staff at Puri railway station to tackle the heavy rush of passengers. 

This year, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will start a ticket counter for devotees at Bagala Dharmasala in Puri, said Braj Mohan Agarwal, divisional railway manager of Khurda Road. 

Indian Railway to run 184 special trains during Rath Yatra

Source: Times of India