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Diversion upsets Naveen

Bhubaneswar, October 12, 2017: Expressing displeasure over the East Coast Railway’s (ECoR) decision to divert an existing Rajdhani Express and run the same via Sambalpur, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday wrote to Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal seeking a new train between Bhubaneswar-Delhi Rajdhani Exp via Sambalpur instead of diverting the existing one. 

The CM’s letter came two days after the East Coast Railway (ECoR) in a recent statement informed that the existing Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express train 20817/20818 via Cuttack, would run via Sambalpur City and Jharsuguda once in a week from February 10, 2018 from Bhubaneswar.

“Odisha in general and the western side of Odisha in particular has been a neglected area for the railways since long, even though Odisha continues to give the highest revenue to the Indian Railways year on year. I have been asking Railways to also introduce Rajdhani service from Bhubaneswar to New Delhi, via Sambalpur. I was happy that after a long time Railways agreed to run a Rajdhani train via Sambalpur and the same was confirmed by you during the discussions we had on 27.09.2017 in Rail Bhawan,” Patnaik wrote.

“However, it is disappointing to note that instead of giving Odisha a new train, East Coast  Railway is planning  to  divert  an  existing  Rajdhani Express  and  run  the  same  via  Sambalpur,  once  a  week. As this will reduce the service of Rajdhani for the existing route, I would request that this decision may be reviewed and a new Rajdhani train may be given to Odisha, thereby restoring the frequency of the diverted train,” Patnaik stated.

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