Bhubaneswar: “East Coast Railway is committed to provide modern, reliable and quality service to its valuable customers. As compared to running of seven new trains in last year, East Coast Railway has to introduce eight new trains during the current year as proposed in Railway Budget and also planned to run shortly” stated Shri Arvind Kumar Vohra, General Manager, East Coast Railway, hoisting the National Flag at Rail Vihar, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar. In a colourful celebration of the 64th Independence Day Shri Vohra exchanged salute in the parade of Railway Protection Force, Civil Defence and Scout & Guide contingent.
Addressing the gathering, Shri Vohra highlighted that, East Coast Railway has run 149 special trains and augmented 915 additional coaches during the current year to cater the extra rush of passengers. He also stated that ECoR to commission six new PRS counters at different locations of its jurisdiction during this year. 145 UTS counters have been sanctioned during 2010-11, which are to be set up at different locations of ECoR jurisdiction.
Expressing the happiness over the progress Shri Vohra stated that, ECoR has marched ahead quite impressively for nation building. Since the inception of ECoR in 2003-04, the growth of this railway in loading is 62% just within a span of six years. During the first four months of the current financial year, ECoR has already loaded 35.02 million tones of freight, which is 9.8% more than the corresponding period of last year. The earning of ECoR stands at Rs. 2490.35 crores, which is 316.42 crores more than the last year by registering an increase of 14.56%.
Shri Vohra also said that, Safety in train operation has been the foremost on ECoR agenda and it need to focus on renewal of over-aged assets, adherence to rules and regulations, to avoid shortcut method at worksite and awareness at unmanned Level Crossings to improve safety.
On this occasion, Dog squads of Railway Protection Force (RPF) exhibited their skills like detecting Bomb or explosives, catching the cable thieves etc by RPF dogs. Shri Sanjeev Mehta, Dy General Manager-cum-Chief Public Relations Officer, East Coast Railway co-ordinated the function, where all officers, staff and family members of Railway employees were present.