Bhubaneswar, Dec 22 IBNS | 2 years ago

Union Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Choudhury on Sunday flagged off the new Puri-Ajmer bi-weekly train in Puri.

The bi-weekly train will formally run from Dec 30 and is scheduled to leave Puri on Monday and Thursday every week at 9.25 pm and reach Ajmer on Wednesday and Saturday at 9 pm.

From Ajmer, the train will make departure on every Tuesday and Friday at 4 pm and arrive at Puri on Sunday and Thursday at 6.45 pm.

The Puri-Ajmer train will have one AC two-tier, three AC three-tier, nine sleeper coaches, seven general bogies, two luggage vans and a pantry car.

The new train will touch Khurda road,Bhubaneswar,Mancheswar, Talcher road, Anugul, Redhakhol, Sambalpur,Bargarh road, Balangir, Titilagarh, Kantabanji, Raipur, Nagpur, Surat, Abu Road before reaching Ajmer station.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Choudhury said doubling of Delang-Puri line would be completed before 2015.

Keeping in view the preparations for the famous Navakalebar of Lord Jagnnath in 2015, he said all nearby stations leading to Puri will be renovated in time.

Choudhury sought the state government's help to evict enchroachers from railway land along Odisha.

The Union Minister denied the allegations of neglecting Odisha and said the necessary infrastructure development for railway has not been progressed as envisaged, due to shortage of funds during the last few years.

Addressing the gathering, the Odisha Minister for Culture and Tourism Maheswar Mohanty urged the railways to provide more advance coaches to the trains leaving Odisha.

Member of parliament Pinaki Mishra demanded sanctioning of more railway projects to the state and completion of Khurda-Balangir rail line within 5 years.

(Posted on 23-12-2013)