Bhubaneswar: Couple of days after commencement of train services to Nayagarh district, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu for introduction of express trains from the Nayagarh Town Station.
In a letter to Prabhu, the CM has requested for introducing one express train each to Howrah and Visakhapatnam from Nayagarh Town.
Thanking the Railways Minister for commissioning of the Khurda-Balangir line upto Nayagarh District Headquarters, Patnaik said in the letter that it is now important to provide connectivity to the people of the area to the nearest large railway hubs.
“Currently only two ordinary passenger trains are plying over the 65 km stretch from Khurda Road Station to Nayagarh Town Station. I would request that one express train each to Howrah and Visakhapatnam may be introduced from Nayagarh Town to offer the people the benefit of the new railway line connectivity,” Patnaik wrote.
The Chief Minister also suggested for extension of Garib Rath Express, which is plying between Bhubaneswar to Howrah, upto Nayagarh Town and introduction of a new Intercity type train from Nayagarh Town to Visakhapatnam for giving the people of Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Boudh and Ganjam districts an access to the large coastal belt of the state as well as to the hubs of Howrah and Visakhapatnam.
Patnaik also reminded Prabhu about earlier demands of re-commissioning of Paralakhemundi and Kashinagar stations on the Nawapada-Gunupur Railway line; early commencement of work of the state partnership projects of Jeypore-Malkangiri and Jeypore-Nabarangpur new lines; and introduction of a new train on daily basis from Bhubaneswar/Khurda to Mumbai in the name of legendary warrior Buxi Jagabandhu.