To clear the extra rush of passengers during Rath Yatra Festival,Railways provide some special extra trains from different parts of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh from 10-07-13. Special trains will also run to and from Puri to clear extra rush on the occasion of Sandhya Darshan, Bahuda Yatra and Sunavesa. Apart from this, six trains will be rescheduled, five to be diverted and six to be extended to Puri.
In order to handle large number of pilgrims, 35 additional ticket counters will be opened at Puri railway station. Similarly, in order to handle the additional rush of pilgrims at other stations, additional booking counters will be opened at peak hours at Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Khurda Road, Brahmapur, Balugaon, Khalikote, Paradeep, Bhadrak & Jajpur-Keonjhar Road.
3 Extra Enquiry Counters will be at Passengers service at Puri Railway Station located at extreme end of Platform 1A.Passengers can enquire about the train running information on telephone No. 06752-226717. Railways also provide information about Special trains through leaflets,Ads through TV and other sources at the service of passengers.Around 20 Time Table boards will be placed at important locations in Puri town, such, as Singhdwar and Bagala Dharmasala.
Extra Food Stalls will be arranged at the railway stations for selling of Tea,Snacks, Water bottles and Janata meal.Railways expecting a large number of devotees from various locations at Puri railway Station.In order to provide them with resting and toilet / bathing facility, a temporary Melashed, covering an area of 1800 Sqm, is being erected at the PURI railway station. It can accommodate approx. 4000 passengers at a time.
Special Trains for Puri Rath Yatra
1) Railways will be running a total of 82 Nos special trains on 10/07/2013 (Gundicha Yatra), 17/07/2013 (Sandhya Darshan), 18/07/2013 (Bahuda Yatra) and on 19/07/2013 (Suna Vesha). This is in addition to about 25 pairs of regular train services.
2)Train No. 12891 / 12892 (Bhubaneswar-Bangriposi- Bhubaneswar Express) would be extended up to Puri w.e.f. 10/07/2013 and till 20/07/2013. The train (No. 12891) would arrive at Puri at 12:20 hours from Bangriposi and leave Puri at 14:25 hrs. for Bangriposi.
3)It is also planned to run some special trains on 20/07/2013, i.e., the day following Suna Vesha in order to evacuate the pilgrims, if required.
4) For Passengers to have comfortable journey,a large no. of extra coaches will be added to the trains during this season and also maintaining Hygenic environment for passengers.