Bhubaneswar gets a new rail station

The East Coast Railway has commissioned a new railway station on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar to reduce passenger congestion at the city railway station.

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday inaugurated the ‘Bhubaneswar New’ railway station, located 14 km north of the existing station.

The station, built at an estimated cost of Rs. 28 crore, is likely to serve as a satellite station in the future. Sanctioned

Reducing pressure

“In future, all south-bound long-distance trains will originate from the Bhubaneswar New station.

There had been a demand for another full-fledged railway station to reduce pressure on the Bhubaneswar railway station. The new station would also help in the development of the region,” said Mr. Pradhan.

Initially, the ECoR has decided to provide stoppage to three passenger trains — Howrah-Puri-Santragachhi, Rourkela-Puri-Rourkela and Cuttack-Brahmapur-Cuttack Mainline Electric Multiple Unit — at Bhubaneswar New Station on an experimental basis for a period of six months.

Mr. Pradhan also inaugurated a six-metre-wide foot overbridge, built at a cost of Rs. 4 crore, at the Bhubaneswar railway station.

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