The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has decided to make the Bhubaneswar New railway station operational before Rath Yatra festival begins from July 14.
Construction work of the station was started in 2012. Having nine tracks and seven platforms, this new station will ease traffic of both passenger and goods trains at Bhubaneswar station.
The new station, around 14km from the existing one near Master Canteen, is situated between Mancheswar and Barang stations. It is only 1.5 km from Nandankanan Zoo by road.
ECoR sources said the cost of the project is Rs 50 crore. Its deadline has been increased for two times in three years due to change of contract agency engaged by the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL).
Braj Mohan Agarwal, divisional railway manager of Khurda Road said that three passenger trains will have stoppage initially at the station. Later the ECoR will provide stoppages for the express and super fast trains in future, he added.
The Bhubaneswar New railway station has been planned to make the older one free from congestion. The old station has more than 120 trains coming in and departing daily. It is struggling to handle the heavy traffic as it has only six platforms. The new station will be used as an supplementary terminal to the main one like Nizamuddin, Old Delhi and Anand Vihar are used top support the New Delhi railway station. Most southbound trains will originate from the new station, ECoR sources said.