Naveen demands new Rajdhani Express, not diversion via Sambalpur


Bhubaneswar: In a letter to Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday demanded a new Rajdhani Express instead of diversion of the existing one via Sambalpur.

He expressed displeasure over East Coast Railway’s (ECoR) plan to divert the existing Rajdhani Express via Sambalpur from February 2018.

“It is disappointing, instead of a new Rajdhani Express, ECoR has planned to divert an existing train and run the same via Sambalpur, “he said.

The CM urged the decision to be reviewed and a new Rajdhani Express may be given to Odisha, thereby restoring the frequency of the diverted train, Patnaik wrote in his letter.

Besides, the routes and stoppages notified by ECoR have also drawn sharp resentment among the residents of Sambalpur and other parts in the state, he mentioned.

The existing Rajdhani Express to New Delhi goes to Bhadrak and Balasore while the Rajdhani via Sambalpur will not be stopping at the district headquarter stations and cities of Angul and Dhenkanal, Naveen highlighted.

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