Introduce trains over Khurda-Bolangir New Rail Line: Naveen urges Centre

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged the Centre to introduce more trains over the Khurda-Bolangir new rail line for connectivity to the coastal belt of the state.

In a letter to Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Naveen said, “I had raised the need of introducing more trains over this aspirational railway line which as of now has been connected up to Nayagarh Town. As you are aware, my Government is partnering Railways and is investing 50% of construction cost as well as providing all land free of cost in the Daspalla to Bolangir portion (177 km) of the project.”

“In this context, we have pursued with your ministry to start work from Bolangir end, where 19 km of land had been handed over to Railways since 2010. It is learnt that finally, all work for 16 km from Bolangir to Bhainsapalli (16 km) section has now been completed and also the mandatory inspection of Commissioner Railway Safety has been successfully completed in October 2018,” the letter stated.

The Odisha CM also apprised the Centre that the Railways is yet to introduce any passenger services over this section, for which people are waiting for a long time.

“I request you to introduce one passenger train in this section, without any further delay, so that the genuine aspirations of the people of western Odisha can be met,” Patnaik urged the Railways Minister.

“Similarly, as I had earlier requested, mail express trains from Nayagarh town, which is a District HQ, need to be immediately considered for connectivity to Howrah and Visakhapatnam. There are trains like Garib Rath Express, originating from Bhubaneswar for Kolkata which can be back extended to Nayagarh Town without any difficulty,” the CM’s letter further mentioned.

“These trains, when introduced, will greatly help people of Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Boudh, Subarnapur, 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 Visakhapatnam,” the Odisha CM concluded.

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