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The 67thIndependence Day was celebrated under the auspices of East Coast Railway at Railway Stadium, Mancheswar, Bhubaneswar wherein Shri Indra Ghosh, General Manager, East Coast Railway unfurled the National Flag & took salute from a large contingent of Railway Protection Force (RPF), Bharat Scouts & Guides and Railway & non-Railway School children. 

Addressing a large gathering of Staff, officers & their family members Shri Ghosh urged upon the Railway work force to rededicate themselves for Nation building by putting their hard work for smooth running of Railway system. Informing the performance of ECoR, Shri Ghosh said that,ECoR has loaded 37.24 MT up to June 2013, which is 18.8% more than last year. Similarly, in the 1stquarter of 2013-14, this railway has generated earnings to the tune of Rs. 2982 crores which is 17.5% more than in the corresponding period of last year. Up to the month of July, o­nly three railways have exceeded their earning targets, and even amongst them East Coast Railway in number o­ne, having exceeded our target by 328 crores. 

Shri Ghosh also stated that, ECoR primarily a freight loading Railway has always considered the passengers services as its prime objective. During 1stquarter of the current year, stoppages have been provided to 12 trains, for meeting seasonal demands of the travelling public especially during festivals & vacations, this railway ran 182 special trains and augmented 892 coaches in regular trains to clear waitlisted passengers. These apart, for the comfort of travelling public, a number of passenger amenity works like provision of UTSs at 18 locations, Coach Indication Boards at 5 stations, Foot Over Bridges (FOB) at 4 stations, PF shelters at 2 stations, Touch Screen terminals at 7 locations and 2 escalator services at Bhubaneswar have been provided in the current year. To provide clean & hygienic environment both in trains and at stations, specialized cleaning agencies and o­n-board services in some selected long-distance trains have been put in place. 

Similarly, to avoid accidents at level crossings, 19 LC gates have been closed, 33 LC gates have been manned, 4 LC gates have been interlocked, 3 LC gates have been replaced with ROBs and 5 LC gates have been replaced with Limited Height Subways have been provided this year added Shri Ghosh. 

Shri Ghosh also mentioned that, significant progress regarding implementation of different Projects like new line between Bhawanipatna - Junagarh (24 kms.), doubling between Brundamal - Jharsuguda Rd. (6 Kms.) and between Rengali-Lapanga (14.85 kms.), 3rdline between Korukonda-Almanda & Almanda-Kantakapalli of Vizianagarm-Kottavalasa section has been completed. To ease out traffic congestion at Visakhpatnam area 2 kms. of doubling of bye-pass line between Simhachalam North and Gopalpatnam has been completed and commissioned this year. 

A colourful cultural programme was also presented by school children, wards of railway employees, Bharat Scouts & Guides to mark the occasion. Smt Ratna Ghosh, President, East Coast Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation and Principal Head of the Departments of ECoR were present o­n the occasion.

(J. P. Mishra)
Chief Public Relations Officer

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