12 October 2017
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday (October 12) urged Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to consider the genuine needs of the people and introduce a new Rajdhani Express train via Sambalpur with stoppages at Dhenkanal and Angul stations.
Writing a letter to the Railway Minister, the Odisha CM mentioned, “The Rajdhani Express, which is to run via Sambalpur, has been notified by East Coast Railway and the route so notified has evoked very strong resentment amongst people as its stoppages have not been properly planned by the Railways. Whereas the existing Rajdhani Express goes through Bhadrak and Balasore district and stops at these district HQ stations, the Rajdhani Express via Sambalpur will not be stopping at the major district HQ cities of Dhenkanal and Angul.”
“This defeats the very purpose and objective of seeking a Rajdhani train to run via Sambalpur as it does not cater to the needs of the people of these parts of the State,” the CM has remarked.
The Odisha CM has also mentioned, “It is disappointing to note that instead of giving Odisha a new train, East Coast Railway is planning to divert an existing Rajdhani Express and run the same via Sambalpur, once a week, starting from 10.02.2018. As this will reduce the service of Rajdhani for the exiting route, I would request that this decision may be reviewed and a new Rajdhani train may be given to Odisha, thereby restoring the frequency of the diverted train.”