Bhubaneswar: The much awaited Bhubaneswar New railway station has become operational today after Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the new project in presence of senior railway officials.
After dedicating the station to the public, Pradhan expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Railways Minister Piyush Goel and railway officials. He said the long standing demand of the people of new Bhubaneswar area has been fulfilled. Passengers from Chandrasekharpur, Rail Vihar, Damana, Patia,Raghunathpur and Barang area will be greatly benefit as the new station became operational.
Three passengers trains-Howrah-Puri-Santragachi, Rourkela-Puri-Rourkela and Cuttack-Berhampur-Cuttack MEMU train will stop at the new sttion on an experimental basis for at least six months.
The new station, around 14km away from the existing main station near Master Canteen, is situated between Mancheswar station and Barang railway station.
The work of the station which was started in 2012, completed this year. Its deadline has been increased for two times in three years due to change of contract agency engaged by the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL).
The station has nine rail lines and six platforms along with two foot over bridges. Out of the total nine lines, five rail lines were functioning in the station. The work on passenger amenities like installation of water kiosks, ticket counters, benches and installation of electrical equipment completed on time while the work for station building, staff quarters and approach road was completed last year only.