04 January 2019
Bhubaneswar: For better access to the large coastal belt of the State as well as to the economic hubs of Kolkata and Visakhapatnam, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today to introduce trains over the Khurda-Bolangir new rail line.
In the letter, Odisha CM explains, “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 works 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 added.
It further states, “Railways have not introduced any passenger services over this section, for which people are waiting since 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.”
“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. 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 letter concludes.