The East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Thursday announced that the work of Bhubaneswar New railway station is near complete and it will be opened before Rath Yatra.
Construction work of the station was started two years back. 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 and it is being executed by Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL). They will complete work of three platforms in the first phase.
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.
Read more about Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari Visits Lingaraj Temple.