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Naveen urges Goyal to introduce a new Rajdhani Express via Sambalpur

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Bhubaneswar | Thursday, Oct 12 2017 IST
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to introduce a new Rajdhani Express train from Bhubaneswar to New Delhi via Sambalpur with stoppages at Dhenkanal and Angul stations. In a letter to the Union Minister, Mr Patnaik thanked Mr Goyal for conceding to his earlier request to introduce a Rajdhani service from Bhubaneswar to New Delhi via Sambalpur but said ''it is disappointing to note that instead of giving a new train the ECoR is planning to divert the existing one and run the train via Sambalpur, once a week starting from February 10, 2018.'' The Chief Minister said the decision to divert the existing train via Sambalpur would reduce the service of Rajdhani for the existing route and urged the Union Minister to review the decision and give a new Rajdhani train to Odisha. Mr Patnaik said the decision of the ECoR to divert the existing Rajdhani Express train via Sambalpur has evoked strong resentment among people as its stoppages have not been properly planned by the Railways. He said, while the existing Rajdhani Express goes through Bhadrak and Balasore and stops at their district headquarter stations, the Rajdhani Express via Sambalpur will have no stoppages at major district headquarter cities of Dhenkanal and Angul. It will defeat the very purpose and objective of seeking a Rajdhani Express to run via Sambalpur as it does not cater to the needs of people of the area, Mr Patnaik remarked. The Chief Minister said, Odisha in general and Western side of Odisha in particular has been a neglected area for the Railways even though the state gives highest revenue to the Railways year on year. Mr Patnaik said he has been demanding for more and better types of trains services to fulfill the long standing demands of the people adding that the passengers growth for the Railways is extremely high in Odisha in compare to most other states.UNI BD-DP AKM

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