Bhubaneswar: Considering Odisha’s most-awaited demand, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal , in a letter to Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan informed that Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express (Train no. 22811/22812) via Sambalpur once a week will commence its operations shortly.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had raised the demand and discussed regarding the new route of the Rajdhani Express with Goyal during his stay in the national capital on September 28.
Naveen had also discussed about status of various Railways projects in the state. Highlighting that Government of Odisha had signed MoU with Ministry of Railways for two important lines of Jeypore-Malkangiri and Jeypore-Nabarangpur with substantial financial participation from the State, he urged upon the Union Minister to commence the work on these lines at the earliest.
Besides, Naveen had also stated that a new line between Puri and Konark having vast tourism potential is essentially required for which the State has committed to share 50 per cent of the construction and land cost and impressed upon the Union Minister to sanction the project expeditiously.
Patnaik had also urged Goyal for introduction of Buxi Jagabandhu Express from Khurda Road to Mumbai via Sambalpur and extend Howrah Jan Shatabdi Express to Nayagarh town.
Odisha had also pressed for speeding up various railway projects and commencement of the work on Jeypore-Nabarangpur and Jeypore-Malkangiri lines, new linking between Puri and Konark and redevelopment of 11 railway stations.