Odisha CM seeks railway package: western Odisha neglected again

December 31, 2011 at 8:48 am 10 comments

This is a good step by the government. However, CM has neglected western Odisha again. Following things should be demanded for the betterment of western Odisha:

  • · Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Rourkela should be upgraded to World Class railway station status
  • · Completion of Khurdha-Balangir railway line
  • · Connect Bhawanipatna-BBSR by rail
  • · Bargarh-Nuapada (via Padampur) railway line
  • · Connect Harishankar and Narsinghnath via rail line

State demands 12 new trains in railway budget

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has demanded 12 new trains in the 2012-13 Railway Budget.

The new trains are, Bhubaneswar-Mumbai/Pune, Puri-Jeypore/Jodhpur, Bhubaneswar-Bangalore, Puri/Bhubaneswar-Surat (all Duronto express), Rourkela-New Delhi, Keonjhar-Howrah, Barbil-Visakhapatnam via Keonjhar andBhubaneswar, Titlagarh-Bhubaneswar via Rayagada, Bhubaneswar-Shiridi daily express, passenger train service between Barbil-Puri and passenger service between Bhawanipatna-Bhubaneswar via Sambalpur.

 In a letter to Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also demanded increase of frequency of several trains following persistent demand from the travelling public. The trains are, Bhubaneswar-Kurla-Lokamanya Tilak express, Puri-Ahmedabad express via Sambapur, Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani express, Puri-Patna Baidyanath express and Puri-Guwahati express.

 CuttackandBhubaneswarare being developed as twin cities and as per the comprehensive development plan prepared by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, the combined population will be 2.7 million by 2021.

 Stating that this will necessitate a mass rapid transit system (MRTS), Naveen said that this was the appropriate time to commence detailed planning for rail based city transport system in greaterBhubaneswarregion.

  Stating that the operationalisation of East Coast Railway (ECoR) has brought railway management closer to the people and problems of Odisha, the Chief Minister demanded extension of its jurisdiction to include Banspani-Padapahar section, Bhadrak-Laxmannath section inKhurda Roaddivision and Jharsuguda-Barasuan-Kiriburu, Rourkela-Nuagaon and Jharsuguda-Himagiri sections in Sambalpur division. Besides, appropriate functional reorganisation of ECoR will necessitate the creation of a new railway division atJajpur-Keonjhar Road, he said.

  The Chief Minister has demanded that the doubling work of Rayagada-Koraput and Kottavalsa-Kirandul broad gauge rail link should be sanctioned. He also said that the doubling work of Khurda Road-Puri link (phase-II), Raj Athgarh-Barang andBarang-Khurda Roadthird line should be expedited. These projects should be commissioned in 2012-13 with provision of enhanced budget, he said.

 He demanded the electrification of Talcher-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda, Sambalpur-Titlagarh and Koraput-Rayagada railway lines should be sanctioned. He requested that execution of world class station atBhubaneswarand Puri should be expedited. Railway stations at important district centres and major tourist destinations need special attention to provide multi-functional complexes and upgraded passenger amenities, he said.

 The Chief Minister also sought introduction of DMU services in Sambalpur-Jharsuguda-Rourkela and Berhampur-Balasore corridors. He said that a new train service from Puri to Pune and Mumbai via Sambalpur and Titlagarh has become essential.

 Advocating for a self-sustainable and workable PPP initiatives in the coal and iron ore sectors, the Chief Minister has requested formulation of a suitable policy for attracting private investment in the development of dedicated rail corridors.

CM seeks Rs 2,345-cr rly package

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for provision of Rs  2,345-crore package in the 2012-13 Railway Budget for the development of railways in the State.

Patnaik, in a letter to the Prime Minister, has given a long list of proposals on development of railways in the State which had been neglected by successive Union Governments. He urged the Prime Minister to ask the Railways Minster to take necessary steps for allocating required funds for new as well as ongoing projects. Besides, he urged the Prime Minister to advise Ministry of Railways for strengthening of railway infrastructure in Odisha.

In his proposal, Patnaik has indicated some new lines, doubling of tracks, electrification, gauge conversion and passenger amenities.

Patnaik in his proposal has urged the Prime Minister to provide railway connectivity to all the ports within definite timeframe, besides declaring at least three railway projects with the status of National Projects and to convert theBhubaneswarand Puri railway station to world class stations.

Stating that Odisha continues to be one of the most preferred destinations for investment, especially in metal, mining and power sectors, he said the State Government was leveraging this opportunity to plan orderly, systematic and comprehensive economic growth by focusing upon infrastructure development and creating dedicated industrial corridors. The nature of industrial activities in the State requires a robust and well-planned railway infrastructure for its sustainability, Patnaik pointed out.

He said the Central Government had initiated many ambitious projects like dedicated freight corridor aligned with mega industrial hubs, national road express ways and high- speed train projects. But those projects appear to have completely bypassed Odisha although some of the country’s largest investments in the steel, aluminium and power sectors are coming up here.

Referring to the railway lines, he said the railway route length and rail density in Odisha was well below national average as also substantially lower than that in neighboring States. In his proposal, Patnaik requested the Ministry of Railways to put in place a time-bund infrastructure upgradation arrangement for the ports coming up on the Odisha coast. “A synchronised development plan between that of the ports and related rail connectivity is necessary for maximizing economic gains, he said. In this context, Patnaik said the eastern dedicated freight corridor fromLudhianato Dankuni should be extended to Brahmapur so as to ensure seamless movement of freight between the ports and the northern and central hinterlands of the country.

He proposed for construction of Bharachaam Road-Talcher rail link via Malkangiri, Jeypur, Lanjigarh, Sambalpur-Brahmapur new rail link via Phulbani and Rayagada-Gopalpur rail link via Bhismagiri.

Pointing out that survey for these lines have been sanctioned, he urged the Prime Minister to advise the Ministry of Railways to execute the projects on priority basis, treating these projects  as “National Projects”.

He also urged Singh to expedite execution of a World Class Station atBhubaneswarand holy pilgrimage town ofPuri. Similarly, the railway stations at important district centres and major tourist destinations need special attention to provide “multi-functional complexes” and upgraded passenger amenities. Besides, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack region which is planned as a mega urban complex also needs to have a rail-based urban transport system, he said.

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  • 1. Basudev Barpanda  |  December 31, 2011 at 11:30 am

    The train no:-24434 runs on monday,Tues day,Thurs day,Friday connecting Bhubaneswar andnew delhi shouldbe diverted torun via Sambalpur rout.

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  • 2. Dillip  |  December 31, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Odisha Government has left the major issue of improving railway connectivity of Western Odisha with South India. We all are aware of the fact that people from the region travel to South India especially Bangalore, in search of jobs or for getting higher education. However the region is very poorly connected.

    For Hyderabad we have Sambalpur-Nizamabad Nagawali Express(Biweekly) and Darbhanga-Hyderabad Weekly Express

    The frequency of both the trains need to be increased

    For Bangalore there is Hatia-Yesvantpur Express Biweekly and Tata-Yesvantpur Express weekly. There is absolutely no time constraint hence the frequency of HTE-YPR can be increased to 4 days a week while dat of TATA-YPR to 3 days a week

    For Chennai. the crawler Dhanbad/Tata-Alleppey Express is the only option.

    However we can have a Biweekly Rourkela-Bangalore City Biweekly Superfast Express via Chennai, which will solve both the issues

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  • 3. sanjeev sahu  |  January 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    why not the govt. show interest on laying second track between Ranchi & Rourkela ,secondaly the route form Rourkela to Bhubneswar vaia barbil & not talked about the resume of night trains on the Howrah – Mumbai main line

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  • 4. Biswa  |  January 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

    The entire western orissa and south India will come closer through the Sambalpur-Berhampur rail link, but the commitment of the state and central government on this project seems doubtful. If this project is sanctioned then Sambalpur will definitely become a railway hub and a world class station will become a reality. Even places like Birmaharajpur, Phulbani and Berhampur will benefit. Let’ s see the seriousness of the government for this project in time to come.

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  • 5. Arjun  |  January 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    most important issue which should be immedietly addressed is the creation of a new railway division headquartered at Rourkela

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  • 6. Rakesh tripathy  |  January 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Pleas run daily sambalpur&rourkela to delhi,banglore,indore via jharsuguda is ecentialy train.and dhanbad-bhubaneswar garibrath &jharsuguda-bhubaneswar rajyarani exp increse frequncy is daily.pleas new train howarh-indore via jharsuguda is most important train.

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  • 7. nilesh  |  February 10, 2012 at 9:22 am

    TITLAGARH was always neglected by govt. in terms of development and in railways also…
    following new trains should be introduced in forthcoming railway budget 2012-13..

    1. VISAKHAPATNAM – ALLAHABAD EXP via. titlagarh, sambalpur/raipur..

    2. ROURKELA – CHENNAI EXP via.. titlagarh,vskp.. and extend the dhanbad-allepy exp to kanyakumari/thiruvandapuram…

    3. KORAPUT/JAGDALPUR – BILASPUR EXP.. via rayagada,titlagarh..

    4. VISAKHAPATNAM – INDORE EXP.. in TWO PAIRS.. one should go via titilagarh,raipur,bilaspur… and one pair via raipur,durg,nagpur….

    5. PURI – JODHPUR EXP.. via sambalpur, titlagarh, raipur…

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  • 8. nilesh  |  March 15, 2012 at 5:45 am

    This is a welcome rail budget for titlagarh,odisha.. however there is some more demand from public, likes…
    introductions of new trains..

    1. visakhapatnam-jaipur exp. via raipur.,in the same timing of durg-jaipur exp.. it will fulfill demands of train from visakhapatnam,titlagarh and some part of western odisha and also from raipur..

    2. visakhapatnam – indore exp. via raipur.. in two pairs.., one pair goes via bilaspur and another one was from via durg,nagpur.. it fulfill the demands from raipur, visakhapatnam, and western odisha..

    3. visakhapatnam – jammu tawi exp.. via titlagarh , kantabanji,raipur.. in the same timing of durg-jammu tawi exp..

    4. puri-pune exp.. via sambalur , titlagarh, raipur.,

    5. koraput/visakhapatnam-allahabad exp via sambalpur/raipur.. as the case may be..

    6. kakinada-patna exp. via vizianagaram, rayagada , titlagarh , bolangir, rourkela

    7. kakinada-lucknow exp.. via titlagarh , sambalpur/raipur

    8. bhawanipatna/jagdalpur-new delhi exp via titlagarh,raipur

    Extensions of following trains..

    1. jammu tawi-hatia exp extend to sambalpur..

    2. lucknow-raipur exp extend to kakinada via titlagarh..

    3. varanasi-sambalpur exp extend to titlagarh

    4. koraput-sambalpur passenger extend to anugul..

    There is a need of introduction of a new rail line between titlagarh to jeypore(odisha).. OR,
    TITLAGARH TO RAMAGUNDAM/WARANGAL..to improve the connectivity between jharkhand,western odisha and chattisgarh with hyderabad and southern patrs..
    We also divert the rail traffics from howrah/eastern parts to southern areas via bhubaneswar…

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  • 9. NILESH  |  April 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    This is a welcome rail budget for titlagarh,odisha.. however there is some more demand from public, likes…
    introductions of new trains..

    1. visakhapatnam-jaipur exp. via raipur.,in the same timing of durg-jaipur exp.. it will fulfill demands of train from visakhapatnam,titlagarh and some part of western odisha and also from raipur..

    2. visakhapatnam – indore exp. via raipur.. in two pairs.., one pair goes via bilaspur and another one was from via durg,nagpur.. it fulfill the demands from raipur, visakhapatnam, and western odisha..

    3. visakhapatnam – jammu tawi exp.. via titlagarh , kantabanji,raipur.. in the same timing of durg-jammu tawi exp..

    4. puri-pune exp.. via sambalur , titlagarh, raipur.,

    5. koraput/visakhapatnam-allahabad exp via sambalpur/raipur.. as the case may be..

    6. kakinada-patna exp. via vizianagaram, rayagada , titlagarh , bolangir, rourkela

    7. kakinada-lucknow exp.. via titlagarh , sambalpur/raipur

    8. bhawanipatna/jagdalpur-new delhi exp via titlagarh,raipur

    Extensions of following trains..

    1. jammu tawi-hatia exp extend to sambalpur..

    2. lucknow-raipur exp extend to kakinada via titlagarh..

    3. varanasi-sambalpur exp extend to titlagarh

    4. koraput-sambalpur passenger extend to anugul..

    There is a need of introduction of a new rail line between titlagarh to jeypore(odisha).. OR,
    TITLAGARH TO RAMAGUNDAM/WARANGAL..to improve the connectivity between jharkhand,western odisha and chattisgarh with hyderabad and southern patrs..
    We also divert the rail traffics from howrah/eastern parts to southern areas via bhubaneswar…

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    • 10. anand  |  July 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Titlagarh to ramagundam new line will be benficial for both frieght ( coal, iron, granite and cement) and public transportation towards hyderabad and mune mumbai.

      Reply

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