Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday urged Railways Minister Piyush Goyal for two independent trains between Bhubaneswar-Jagdalpur and Bhubaneswar-Junagarh
In the letter to Goyal, Dharmendra stated that the trains had been a long standing demands of the people of Bhawanipatna and Junagarh in Kalahandi district.
“At present, the trains start from Bhubaneswar as one amalgamated train with 10 coaches bound for Junagarh and 12 coaches destined for Jagdalpur with a split up at Rayagada. On return journey, also the two separate trains are amalgamated at Rayagada and run towards Bhubaneswar as one train,” he wrote.
Dharmendra said that the present system create difficulties for the passengers specially from Kalahandi. “Sometimes, passengers are not able to board the proper coaches. I am also given to understand that if this proposal is accepted, the train shall run in full capacity due to huge demand of connecting between Bhubaneswar, the capital city and Kalahandi. Moreover, coaches will be more and more accommodation in reserved compartment will be available,” he added.