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One lakh pilgrims travelled by trains during Rath Yatra

Staff Reporter

ECoR earned an amount of Rs.1,03,73,816 from ticket selling during this period


East Coast Railway has sold a whopping 2,90,905 tickets

34 booking counters were made functional round the clock


BHUBANESWAR: Appetite of devotees to witness world famous Car Festival at coastal town of Puri seemed to be growing by years. Official figures showed more than one lakh devotees travelled by trains during recently concluded Car Festival.

When East Coast Railway authorities sat down to count how many additional tickets were sold during the Car Festival this year, figures surprised many.

“During the Car Festival period, from Gundicha Yatra to Sunavesa (11 days), East Coast Railway has sold a whopping 2,90,905 tickets which is 10,6,856 more than the corresponding period of last year registering an increase of 58.05 per cent,” an ECoR release said here on Sunday.

Similarly, ECoR earned an amount of Rs.10,37,3,816 from ticket selling during this period which is Rs. 27,43,662 more than the corresponding period of last year registering an increase of 35.95 per cent, it said.

Travel agents, however, said the figure given by the ECoR was a conservative estimate.

During Rath Yatra, thousands of devotees travel without possessing any ticket, they said.

It is to be noted that a total 284 trains, including 93 special trains were run to different parts of the State as well as outside the State during the entire festival period for smooth travel of pilgrims.

To facilitate smooth purchase of tickets by pilgrims, 34 booking counters were made functional round the clock on all important days of Rath Yatra-2010, ECoR said.

The railway zone attributed large number of people travelling by trains to special arrangements it made during the festival period.

“Specially designed information boards were provided at conspicuous places to guide passengers about train timings.

Flex Boards were displayed at various places of the station as well as at conspicuous places over the town indicating the running of special trains to various locations,” ECoR said.

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