Odisha Demands Vande Bharat Train On Three Routes

Bhubaneswar: On the day when Indian Railways conducted the trial run of Odisha’s first Vande Bharat Express train on Howrah-Puri route, the State government demanded introduction of the luxurious superfast train in two more routes-Puri-Rourkela and Bhubaneswar-Hyderabad.

In a letter to Railway Minister Aswini Vashnaw, Odisha Transport Minister Tukuni Sahu requested to introduce Vande Bharat Train between Puri-Howrah, Puri-Rourkela via Sambalpur and Bhubaneswar-Hyderabad.

She wrote that there are few superfast trains connecting Western Odisha and state capital. “I would request you to introduce Vande Bharat Express train between Puri and Rourkela connecting Sambalpur which will facilitate faster passenger movement from Western Odisha districts to state capital. It will boost intra-state economic activity and connect the airports in Jharsuguda, Rourkela and Bhubaneswar,” she mentioned.

She also demanded such a train service between Hyderabad and Bhubaneswar which would facilitate faster movement of passengers between the two capital cities. Introduction of Vande Bharat Train is required on the rote as large number of Odia people are staying in Hydrabad, she added.

Besides, the Minister demanded introduction of the train between Howrah and Puri to offer faster travel options to passengers. Incidentally, the trial run of the first Vande Bharat Train was carried out today between Howrah and Puri. The train is most likely to be flagged off in May.

“We have been demanding rapid expansion of rail network in the state, time and again, as the state can contribute immensely to the country’s economy. As you are aware, Vande Bharat Express Trains have been introduced across the country to give faster connectivity, except in Odisha,” Sahu stated.

She further pointed out that Odisha has been witnessing rapid economic growth in last two decades and attracted highest investment during last couple of years.

In the letter, she urged the Railway Minister to consider the ‘genuine demands of the state which will offer better passenger convenience and faster travel options to businessmen, tourists and aspiring people of Odisha’.


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