The much-awaited Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, which will run via Sambalpur City, Jharsuguda and Rourkela was flagged off on Saturday. Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Manoj Sinha gave a green signal to this new train via video-conferencing.
It had its inaugural run at 6.45 am from Railway Board at New Delhi. The 20817 Bhubaneswar-New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express will depart from Bhubaneswar at 7.10 am on every Saturday and arrive in New Delhi at 10.40 am on Sundays. While returning from the capital city, the train 20818 will leave New Delhi Railway Station at 5.05 pm on every Sunday and reach Bhubaneswar the next day.
Dharmendra Pradhan said, “The new route will benefit the people of western Odisha and will bring ease of connectivity for them.” He also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Railways on behalf of people of Odisha for speeding up railway projects in the state.
This train route will include the following stoppages: Angul, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Chakradharpur, Anara, NSC Gomoh, Koderma, Gaya, Mughalsarai and Kanpur Central between Bhubaneswar and New Delhi from both the directions.