Puri-Ayodhya special train service to start soon: Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

Bhubaneswar: A special train service will soon start between the two pilgrim cities of Puri and Ayodhya. This was informed by Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on the sidelines of a Rail Over Bridge (ROB) foundation stone laying ceremony in Puri district, today.

“Recently, I was requested by these two (BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra and Puri MLA Jayanta Kumar Sarangi) to run a special train between the land of Lord Jagannath and the birthplace of Lord Sriram (Ram Lalla). This demand of yours will be fulfilled soon and a new train service will begin around July or August,” the Railway Minister said while addressing a huge gathering.

“One more long-standing demand was there for a railway line between Puri and Konark, which will also be fulfilled soon. I was selected for IAS in 1994 and was posted in Puri the next year. However, I had the opportunity to join my duties for the first time as an executive magistrate at the Holy Trinity’s Pahandi Bije during the Rath Yatra festival in July in the pilgrim town. I am always thankful to the Lord and pray to the deity for His blessings,” Minister Vaishnaw expressed.

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