New Delhi: The union railway minister, Piyush Goyal, Tuesday flagged off the Bhubaneswar-Nayagarh ‘Sewa Service’ train. With this Nayagarh district head quarter town in Odisha has got the much awaited train services.
Goyal, in fact, showed green flag to 9 ‘Sewa Service’ trains on Tuesday from here. ‘Sewa Service’ trains are aimed to achieve last-mile connectivity for people travelling between small towns and major cities.
According to railways, out of these, five trains will run on a daily basis, whereas the rest of them will run six days a week.
Speaking at the flagging off ceremony here along with union ministers Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Dharmendra Pradhan and minister of state for railways Suresh C. Angadi, Goyal said: “Indian Railways is taking transformational steps today. I would like to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he gave a vision to the railways, and provided funds for the progress of the railway through the budget.”
Goyal said without spending anything and without making any new investment, railways has started these nine trains today from the available resources. “And further the trains which are standing will be used for the public,” he said.
Goyal further said that of these 9 trains, a train will also go from Vadnagar to Mehsana. “The tea-seller at that Vadnagar station has become the Prime Minister of the country, by connecting Vadnagar with Mahesana, railways has given a gift to Modiji,” he said.
The ‘Sewa Service’ daily trains have been introduced between Delhi and Shamli, Bhubaneswar and Nayagarh town, Murkongselex and Dibrugarh, Kota and Jhalawar city, and Coimbatore and Palani. While the other ‘Sewa Service’ Trains that will run six days a week will run from Vadnagar to Mahesana, Asarya to Himmatnagar, Karur to Salem, Yesvantpur to Tumkur and Coimbatore to Pollachi.
The railway board member traffic, Purnendu Sekher Mishra, was present on the occasion of the flag off ceremony.