Date of Post: 25 Jan, 2019
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday urged the Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to introduce a Shatabdi Express train between Bhubaneswar & Rourkela via Jharsuguda. He said, the Shatabdi Express would serve the genuine transportation demand of people of these two significantly important cities of the state.
- “I would request that a Shatabdi Express be introduced between Bhubaneswar and Rourkela via Jharsuguda as Jharsuguda is a major industrial hub in western Odisha whereas the Steel city of Rourkela is the 2nd smart city of the state,” Patnaik said in a letter to the Railway Minister.
- The Chief Minister wrote the letter to Goyal, a day before his visit to Jharsuguda.
- “Odisha is the biggest contributor of revenues to Indian Railways in the freight sector, the passenger growth too has been much higher than the national average,” he said.
- Patnaik said,”I would be keenly looking forward to an early favourable response from you on the above proposal.”
- “As there are no direct express trains to Rourkela-Jharsuguda in the morning hours from Bhubaneswar, the proposed Shatabdi Express will be well patronized, thereby making the service financially viable as well,” he added.
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