New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Considering Odisha’s most-awaited demand, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today, in a letter to Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan informed that Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express (Train no. 22811/22812) via Sambalpur once a week will commence its operations shortly.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had raised the demand and discussed regarding the new route of the Rajdhani Express with Goyal during his stay in the national capital on September 28.
Naveen had also discussed about status of various Railways projects in the state.
Highlighting that Government of Odisha had signed MoU with Ministry of Railways for two important lines of Jeypore-Malkangiri and Jeypore-Nabarangpur with substantial financial participation from the State, he urged upon the Union Minister to commence the work on these lines at the earliest.
Besides, Naveen had also stated that a new line between Puri and Konark having vast tourism potential is essentially required for which the State has committed to share 50 per cent of the construction and land cost and impressed upon the Union Minister to sanction the project expeditiously.
He apprised that Government of Odisha has already started the process to re-develop Bhubaneswar Railway Station with international class passenger amenities by bearing 100 per cent cost and desired that the Ministry of Railways should expedite the re-development of 11 other Railway Stations in Odisha identified by them, on similar lines.
The Chief Minister had also expressed the need for re-commissioning of Railway Stations at Parlakhemundi and Kashinagar and upgrading Gunupur with terminal station facility to enable handling of more coaching trains.
The Chief Minister had expressed concern about the poor progress of many new lines including capacity augmentation projects and impressed upon the Union Minister to expedite completion of these projects including SambalpurTitlagarh-Raipur doubling, Sambalpur-Angul doubling, 3rd line of Bhadrak-BarangBhubaneswar-Vijayanagaram, Sukinda-Nayagarh doubling and Digha-Jaleswar new line.