Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday demanded for a new Rajdhani Express via Sambalpur even as the Ministry of Railways has decided to divert the existing Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express train via Cuttack, Sambalpur City and Jharsuguda once in a week from February next year.
“It is disappointing, instead of a new Rajdhani Express, ECoR has planned to divert an existing train and run the same via Sambalpur. Hence, such decision needs to be reviewed and a new Rajdhani Express may be given to Odisha, thereby restoring the frequency of the diverted train,” Patnaik said in a letter to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
Maintaining that the existing Rajdhani Express to New Delhi goes to Bhadrak and Balasore while the Rajdhani via Sambalpur will not be stopping at the district headquarter stations and cities of Angul and Dhenkanal, Patnaik wrote, “The routes and stoppages notified by ECoR have also drawn sharp resentment among the residents of Sambalpur and other parts of the State.”
As per the ECoR statement, the train will run as 20817/20818 Bhubaneswar-New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express via Sambalpur City and Jharsuguda with effect from February 10, 2018 from Bhubaneswar from February 11, 2018 from New Delhi.

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