· Wifi facilities at Sambalpur, Rayagada, Vijianagaram, Jasgdalpur, Berhampur, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Srikakulam.
· MEMU shed at Khurda Road.
· Bhubaneswar New Station to open soon.
Sri Umesh Singh, General Manager East Coast Railway during his interaction with media at Rail Sadan highlighted different progress of works of this zone. Shri Singh said that Odisha has received the highest budgetary allocation of Rs. 5102 Cr. in 2017-18.
He said various activities have been taken for the infrastructural development this year such as 2 New lines and 12 Doubling projects have been commissioned. 74 nos. of Road Over Bridges (ROB) and Subways have been completed. 37 Nos of Bridges were re-built/rehabilitated. One freight terminal commissioned at Visakhapatnam. 128 Unmanned Level Crossing Eliminated and 19 Manned Level crossings had been eliminated.
Shri Singh said that track will be fit to run the train till Nayagarh Station of Khurda-Bolangir Railway Line by the May-2017 and the work from the Bolangir end of the project has already been started. Bolgarh PH to be completed soon.
He said as a part of Green initiatives3294 nos. of bio-toilets has been fitted in 895 coaches to maintain cleanliness at stations and tracks. 10 trains (connecting Puri with other religious places like Rameswaram and Dwarika) have been converted into green trains with zero discharge. In 2017-18 financial year Important work planned are Bypass line at Khurda Road, Vizianagaram and Titlagarh, MEMU (Main Line Electric Multiple Unit) shed at Khurda Road, Commissioning of Bhubaneswar New Station, Khurda Road-Puri Greed Corridor, Wi-Fi facility atSambalpur, Rayagada, Vijiyanagaram, Jagdalpur, Berhampur, Bhadrak, Jjapur and Srikakulam stations. Paralakhemundi Station building work will start this year and Development of Talcher Road station. Foundation stone laying and commencement of work in progress at Norla Road for the Electric Loco POH Workshop and Maneswar for freight maintenance facility.
Briefing about the passenger amenities Shri Singh said 10 lifts and escalators (Escalators- 2, Lifts- 08) were commissioned. ESCALATORS: 2 AT BHUBANESWAR,LIFTS: 03-BHUBANESWAR, 02 Cuttack, 01-Srikakulam, 02-Visakhapatnam). 13 new stoppages were given. 985 special trains were run. 5955 coaches were augmented
To promote cashless transaction at stations, General Manager said that a total number of 124 POS (Point of sale) machines have already been installed in 19 stations.