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The East Coast Railway (ECoR) is one of the sixteen railway zones of Indian Railways came into existence from 1 April 2003.

The geographical jurisdiction of this railway zone extends over three states encompressing almost all parts of Orissamarker along with parts of Srikakulam, Vizainagaram and Visakhapatnam districts of North Eastern Andhra Pradeshmarker, and Bastar and Dantewada districts of Chhatisgarhmarker State.

Bhubaneswarmarker in Orissa is the zonal headquarters.

There are Khurda Roadmarker, Sambalpurmarker and Waltairmarker divisions in East Coast Railway.

History

The present East Coast Railway is a truncated version of the earlier East Coast Railway that was opened on 1 November 1888. The Bengal Nagpur Railway was separated from the combined East Zone on 1 August 1955 to constitute the South Eastern Railway with the administrative jurisdiction extending over six divisions namely, Nagpur, Bilaspur, Chakradharpur, Kharagpur, Adra and Khurda Road. The Waltair division came under its control in October, 1962.

East Coast Railway was first of the seven new zones to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India H.D. Deve Gowda on 8 August 1996. Initially, only one division namely Khurda Road was attached to this railway. The zone became fully operational with effect from 1 April 2003. This railway was carved out of the erstwhile South Eastern Railway, comprising of three divisions viz. Khurda Road, Waltair and Sambalpur.

Important Features

  • There is railway tract of 4,600 kilometers and 42,512 route kilometers in East Coast Railway taken care by about 44,000 staff members. Among this 2,200 kilometers of tract is electrified. There are about 184 railway stations in this zone.


Railway Lines under ECoRly

  1. Duvvada-Bhadrakmarker Broad Gauge Double line
  2. Kothavalasamarker-Kirandulmarker Broad Gauge Single line
  3. Vizianagarammarker-Raipurmarker Broad Gauge Double line
  4. Titlagarhmarker-Jharsugudamarker Broad Gauge line
  5. Rayagadamarker-Koraputmarker Broad Gauge Single line
  6. Khurda Roadmarker-Purimarker Broad Gauge Single line
  7. Cuttackmarker-Angulmarker Broad Gauge line
  8. Sambalpurmarker-Talchermarker Broad Gauge Single line
  9. Naupadamarker-Gunupurmarker Under Gauge Conversion
  10. Cuttackmarker-Paradeepmarker Broad Gauge Double line
  11. Bobbilimarker-Salurmarker Broad Gauge Single line


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