Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to introduce two new trains between Berhampur and Surat in Gujarat.
In his letter to the Union Minister in this regard, Naveen wrote, “I would like to draw your kind attention to a long standing and genuine demand of Odia people residing in Surat, Gujarat for a daily direct train between Surat and Berhampur, Odisha”.
As you may be aware, a very large population of Odia workers are engaged in power loom, dyeing and printing, diamond cutting and other spheres of trades and commerce, in the Surat economic cluster, who need a daily train service between their place of work and place of origin, i.e. between Surat and Berhampur, he added.
At present, there is not a single train service directly connecting (originating/terminating) Berhampur and Surat although more than 7 lakhs people of South Odisha specially from Ganjam District are residing and have various travelling needs, he mentioned in his letter.
Presently, only 12843/12844 (Puri-Ahmedabad express running 4 days a week), 18401/18402 Puri-Okha Express (once a week) and 22974/22975 Puri-Gandhidham (once a week) are providing through connectivity between these two places. But as these group of trains are originating and terminating at further destinations, availability of accommodation at Surat and Berhampur is highly inadequate, Naveen further mentioned.
I would therefore request you to look into the genuine demand of people of South Odisha working in Surat and introduce two new daily Trains in between Berhampur and Surat which will greatly serve the travelling needs of 7 lakh people from Odisha, working in Gujarat, he concluded.