Speaking on the occasion, Mr Pradhan said, it was a long-standing demand of people of Odisha particularly in the Western and Middle part of the state. Chief minister and Union petroleum minister too had requested railway minister Piyush to run the train via the western Odisha city.
The railway has also made a decision to run 22811/22812 Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express via Bhadrak and Adra on every Saturdays from Bhubaneswar and on every Sundays from New Delhi.
Worth mentioning, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had requested Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to run Rajdhani Express via western Orissa following which Goyal had decided on it September 27 previous year. He said, the new train will benefit people of the state.
The source also informed that the weekly train will have stoppages at Cuttack, Angul, Sambalpur City, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Chakradharpur, Anara, NSCB Gomoh, Koderma, Gaya, Dindayal Upadhyaya (Mughalsarai) and Kanpur Central stations between Bhubaneswar and New Delhi in both directions. It will arrive at Sambalpur City station at 11.58am and leave the station after two minutes.
The passengers had to travel for more than four hours from Sambalpur to reach Bhubaneswar, only for boarding the train. The return train will reach the western Odisha station at 3.15pm on Monday, said the official source.
Sinha and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan flagged off the inaugural run of Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express via Sambalpur City-Jharsuguda-Rourkela through video conference from New Delhi.
The newly-introduced Rajdhani Express started plying on Cuttack- Sambalpur route from Saturday. Download The for your device.in English and other languages.