BBSR Railway Station to wore new look

By Our Correspondent

BHUBANESWAR: The Union Railways Ministry would invest Rs 205 crore to give a new look to Bhubaneswar Railway Station. In addition, Rs 74 crore will be spent to upgrade Puri Railway station ahead of Lord Jagannath Naba Kalebara faling in 2015, said general manager, East Coast Railways, Indra Ghosh.

“We will build a ‘New Bhubaneswar’ station between Mancheswar and Barang. ECoR offices said while Bhubaneswar is located in the southern side of the state capital, New Bhubaneswar will cater to the city’s northern side. Most South-bound trains should originate from Bhubaneswar and North-bound trains from New Bhubaneswar, Ghosh said.

The proposed upgradation would include construction of a multi-level vehicle parking complex, new station building, four additional platforms (Work on 5 and 6 will be commissioned in 2014, while 7 and 8 have been planned) besides modifications to the circulating area and a fly-over at Master Canteen. The state government, he added, would have to construct the fly over at a cost of Rs 85 crore to facilitate unhindered traffic movement.

The railways shall have to expend around Rs 55 crore while the multi-level parking facility (with a basement spread over 4,000 square metres) could be taken up through the public-private-partnership model. An additional terminal for Puri area is proposed at Maltipatapur at an expenditure of Rs 137 crore while for Cuttack an extra terminal is being planned at Naraj, he added.