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Odisha CM demands more trains in current Railway Budget 2018

On Thursday,  Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the Center should immediately fulfill the just demands of the state for a daily Rajdhani to Delhi via Sambalpur and a new pair of trains to Allahabad and Mumbai.

In his reaction on the Budget for the railway sector, CM said that his government is expecting that the just demands of the state like daily Rajdhani services via Sambalpur, a train to Allahabad from Balangir and a new daily express train to Mumbai in the name of Paika leader Baxi Jagabandhu will be announced immediately.

“Odisha contributes a major chunk of the Indian Railways’s earning and it is natural that it should get its due share,“ the CM said, adding, “While the outlay for Odisha in the railway sector is yet to be known, we hope this year the allotment will be made as per our demand.”

Odisha CM demands more trains in current Railway Budget 2018


The CM said that spending by Railways in Odisha is worrisome. “The actual expenditure by Railways in Odisha is low and it is expected to be below 60 per cent of the Budget outlay for the entire year, similar to the trends in the recent past, which is worrisome.”

Further the CM lamented, “Announcements were made on re-development of 600 railway stations. Two years ago the announcement was made for 400 stations, but nothing has happened in this sector, especially for Odisha.”

He said though the state government has offered to make the Bhubaneswar railway station a world class station funded by the state and on state government land, Railways has not come forward to sign the MoU in this connection.

Special trains between Sambalpur and Yesvantpur

The East Coast Railway (ECOR) has advised to run a weekly express special trains between Sambalpur-Yesvantpur-Sambalpur for 13 more trips in each direction.

Accordingly, train no 08301 Sambalpur-Yesvantpur weekly express special will depart from Sambalpur at 8.50 am on Wednesdays, commencing from April 2 and arrive at Yesvantpur on Thursdays ar 4.30 pm.

In return, train No 08302 will depart from Yesvantpur on Fridays at 12.30 am and reach Sambalpur at 6.15 am on Saturdays.This service will commence from April 4 onwards.

These trains will halt at Krishnarajapur, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Chittoor, Pakala, Tirupati, Renigunta, Gudur, Nellore, Ongole, Vijayawada Junction, Eluru Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Vishakapatnam, Vizianagaram, Bobbili, Parvatipuram, Rayagada, Muniguda, Kesinga, Titlagarh, Bargarh, Bolangir stations.

The weekly express special will have total 17 coaches, consisting one AC 2-tier coach, one AC 3-tier coach, ten second class sleeper coaches, three general second class coaches and two second class luggage-cum-brake vans.

Three new trains for Odisha

Three new trains were announced for Odisha in the interim railway budget presented in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. The budget is for four months of the 2014-15 financial year prepared in view of the approaching general elections.

The new trains to operate under East Coast Railway (ECoR) jurisdiction are Puri-Gandhidham weekly express, Gunupur-Visakhapatnam and Sambalpur-Bhawanipatna daily passenger. Rail passengers from Odisha would also benefit from two other trains – Kamakhya-Chennai and Howrah-Yesvantpur (both AC weekly) – that will pass through the state, ECoR sources said here.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik described the provisions made for the state in the interim budget as ‘disappointing’. He said the state government had sought Rs 4,000 crore allocated for various projects and 31 new trains. He said keeping in mind fund constraints faced by the railways, the state government had volunteered to finance 50% and provide land free for Khurda-Balangir rail line. The government had also committed 26% share capital for two other major projects Haridaspur-Paradip and Angul-Sukinda rail lines. But interim budget is silent on these projects. There is also no mention for construction of modern Bhubaneswar railway station, wagon factory in Ganjam district announced three years back and also the project at Kalahandi, the chief minister said. “The Central government has once again given step-motherly treatment to the state when Odisha is giving over Rs 14,000 crore revenue per annum to the railways,” the chief minister said.

Railways source here said the budget being interim in nature, decision on fund allocation for major projects would be taken at the time of presentation of full budget in Parliament by the new government after the elections.

East Coast Railways plan to run special train for the festive season

 East Coast Railways (ECoR) informed on Friday the plans of the Railways to run several special trains through its jurisdiction to meet the festive season rush this year.

A weekly Special train via Sambalpur, Titlagarh & Rayagada will leave Hatia every Thursday between October 4 and November 29 and will arrive at Yesvantpur the next day. The train will start its return journey from Yesvantpur on every Saturday between October 6 and December 1 and arrive at Hatia on Sundays.

A weekly Special train via Cuttack, Bhubaneswar & Bhadrak will leave Hyderabad on October 22 and October 29 (both Mondays) and will arrive at Santragachhi the next days. It will leave Santragachhi on Wednesdays on October 24 and October 31 and arrive at Hyderabad on the following Thursdays.

Visakhapatnam-Nanded-Visakhapatnam weekly Special train will leave Visakhapatnam every Tuesday between September 25 and December 25 and will arrive at HS Nanded the next day. In the return direction, this train will leave HS Nanded every Wednesday between October 26 and December 26 and arrive at Visakhapatnam the following day.