The East Coast Railway’s (ECoR) new railway station in Bhubaneswar will soon be open to commuters before Rath Yatra, which begins from July 14. This new station is around 14 km away from the Bhubaneswar Main Station and is situated between Mancheswar and Barang stations.
The work of the station was started in 2012. Its deadline has been extended twice in three years due to issues with the contract agency engaged by the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL).
The Bhubaneswar New railway station has nine rail lines and seven platforms, two foot over bridges (FOB). Of the nine lines, five were functioning in the station. The work on passenger amenities like installation of water kiosks, ticket counters, benches and installation of electrical equipment has been completed. Work on the station building, staff quarters and approach road was completed last year.
The new station will be used as an alternate terminal to the main Station and most of the southbound trains will originate from the new station and passengers can also travel from here, For this purpose, this year the Centre has sanctioned a link line of around 3 km between Mancheswar and Bhubaneswar New stations for originating of trains. The southbound trains will go for maintenance at Mancheswar and come to the station through the link line.
The trains which will start services at the Bhubaneswar New railways station are 58001/58002 Puri-Howrah Passenger, 58131/58132 Rourkela-Puri-Rourkela Passenger and 68534/68533 Cuttack-Brahmapur-Cuttack MEMU.
Passengers from Barang, Nandankanan, Raghunathpur, Kalarahanga, KIIT area, Patia and nearby areas will board trains from the new station.