This news will be delight for passengers if the Railway Board does justice.
Chakradharpur, the highest revenue generating division in the country in terms of freight, has proposed two new trains — a Shatabdi Express between Shalimar and Rourkela via Tatanagar and a morning Janshatabdi Express between Barbil and Howrah — in the wake of the upcoming railway budget.
“We have made a fervent request to the Railway Board and the South Eastern Railway (SER) headquarters on the matter. The two proposed trains will help a sizeable number of passengers,” said K.N. Biswas, the senior divisional commercial manager of Chakradharpur.
Currently, this railway division does not boast a Shatabdi Express and Biswas said an internal survey had suggested an urgent need for one. “We are hopeful that the train will get a good response. Many people, including businessmen and corporate executives, from Kolhan and Odisha will opt for the train,” he added.
Arguably, after the Mumbai-Howrah Geetanjali Express, there is no good train for Howrah running in the division.
In the proposal, the Chakradharpur authorities have suggested suitable timings for the train too. The train will do good to leave Rourkela at 5.10am and after a six-hour journey, reach Shalimar via Tatanagar. On its return journey, the proposed departure time from Shalimar is 4pm.
The proposal also requests special timings for the new Janshatabdi. It says the train must leave Barbil in the morning. “There are many passengers who wants a morning train for Howrah. A new train in that section at 6.15am will solve the problem. It will also help the railways generate good revenue,” Biswas said.
The existing Howrah-Barbil Janshatabdi Express leaves Barbil at 2.30pm.