Odisha urges Centre to introduce more trains on new Khurdha-Bolangir line

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today urged the Centre to enhance the number trains on Khurdha-Bolangir new railway line.

Referring to his earlier letter sent to Ministry of Railway in 2017, chief minister Naveen Patnaik, in a fresh letter stated “I had raised the need for introducing more trains over this aspirational railway line which as of now has been connected up to Nayagarh Town.”

Patnaik said that the State government is partnering railways and is bearing 50 per cent construction cost as well as providing all land free of cost in Daspalla to Bolangir portion (177 km) of the project.

Mentioning that all works and mandatory inspection for the 16-km long Bolangir-Bhainsapali section of Khurda-Bolangir railway line has been completed in October 2018, CM Naveen said that a passenger train should be introduced on the new section without any further delay.

Besides, Naveen also urged the Railway Minister to extend express train services like that of Garib Rath to Nayagarh on the same railway line.

“Mail express trains from Nagarah town, which is a district headquarters, need to be immediately considered for connectivity to Howrah and Vishakhapatnam. There are trains like Garib Rath Express originating from Bhubaneswar can be extended to Nayagarh town without any difficulty,” wrote Patnaik in his letter.

The chief minister has expressed that these trains when introduced will greatly help people of Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Boudh, Sonepur and Bolangir districts to have better access to the large coastal belt of the State as well as to the economic hubs of Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam.

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