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East Coast Railway Appeals Pilgrims for Safe and Secure Travel 

Bhubaneswar: As the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra approaches, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) is taking proactive steps to ensure a safe and hassle-free travel experience for pilgrims. In anticipation of increased passenger traffic during this festive season, ECoR has launched a Special Awareness Drive aimed at enhancing passenger safety in overcrowded trains.

Pilgrims and travelers are urged to avoid risky behaviors such as traveling on footboards, buffers, or rooftops of train compartments. The safety of passengers is the utmost priority of Railways. ECoR also advises pilgrims and passengers not to carry any inflammable items, to avoid accepting food or drinks from strangers, and to report any unattended baggage or suspicious items.

In addition to cautioning passengers, ECoR has enlisted the support of Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel to enforce crowd control measures and monitor against anti-social activities. RPF staff and security personnel have been deployed to maintain constant vigilance in crowded areas, ensuring the safety and security of all travelers, especially pilgrims and devotees.

Recognizing the surge in demand during Rath Yatra, ECoR has announced the operation of special trains from various parts of Odisha, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, and Andhra Pradesh, complementing the regular services to Puri. These additional services aim to accommodate the influx of pilgrims attending Rath Yatra, Bahuda Yatra, Sunavesa, and Adharapana Days.

To further enhance passenger convenience, ECoR has provided additional ticket counters, enquiry counters, and information centers at key locations. Special amenities including catering services, sanitation facilities, medical assistance booths, and enhanced security arrangements have been put in place to ensure a comfortable journey for all travelers.

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