Khurda sta­tion gets Wi-Fi, Sam­balpurJhar­sug­uda be­comes elec­tri­fied sec­tion

The DQWeek (Kolkata) - - REGIONAL NEWS - DQW NEWS BUREAU Bhubaneswar/Sam­balpur:

Min­is­ter of state for Rail­ways Manoj Sinha on Wed­nes­day in­au­gu­rated two rail­way projects and laid foun­da­tion stone for another pro­ject through video­con­fer­enc­ing from East Coast Rail­way (ECoR) head­quar­ters at Bhubaneswar.

He in­au­gu­rated free Wi-Fi fa­cil­ity at Khurda Road sta­tion, near the cap­i­tal city. The sta­tion is a rail junc­tion and wit­nesses thou­sands of pas­sen­gers daily. This fa­cil­ity will help the pas­sen­gers im­mensely, said the rail­way min­is­ter.

He then in­au­gu­rated newly com­mis­sioned elec­tri­fied sec­tion be­tween Sam­balpur and Jhar­sug­uda. He ded­i­cated this sec­tion to the na­tion by flag­ging off a spe­cial train in the route. The 48 km long sec­tion will re­duce travel time, save diesel and will ben­e­fit the en­vi­ron­ment, said the of­fi­cial sources.

The min­is­ter also laid foun­da­tion stone for a rail over bridge (ROB) at Khetra­jpur in Sam­balpur. It was a long stand­ing de­mand of the peo­ple of Sam­balpur.

Di­nesh Ku­mar Singh, di­vi­sional rail­way man­ager (DRM), Sam­balpur di­vi­sion, said the ten­der for the ROB has al­ready been floated. The con­struc­tion work of the dou­ble lane 960 me­ter long ROB will be com­pleted within 18 months af­ter the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of ten­der. Es­ti­mated cost of the pro­ject is Rs 51.52 crore, he added.

Be­cause of the manned level cross­ing at Khetra­jpur, traf­fic chaos has be­come a reg­u­lar phe- nomenon in that area. Due to fre­quent move­ment of trains, the manned rail­way level cross­ing is closed in a reg­u­lar in­ter­val. And each time a train passes, the gate is closed for at least 15 min­utes, ob­struct­ing the smooth flow of the traf­fic on the busy road and caus­ing se­vere traf­fic con­ges­tion there.

For the con­ve­nience of pedes­tri­ans, a foot over bridge (FOB) will also be built at Khetra­jpur in ad­di­tion to the ROB,” said Singh.

Dur­ing the oc­ca­sion, a func­tion was held at Sam­balpur. It was at­tended by Sam­balpur MLA, Ras­eswari Pan­i­grahi, and a large num­ber of pas­sen­gers along with lo­cals.

Manoj Sinha, Min­is­ter of state for Rail­ways in­au­gu­rated free Wi-Fi Fa­cil­ity at Khurda Road Sta­tion

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