Yes! It’s the railway budget we’re talking here. And why not ? Odisha has got the highest ever package for railways and the state govt. is still unhappy.
Odisha seeks Rs 5,870 crore package in Railway Budget and guess how much we got. Rs 5,102 crore for development of Railways in the Union Budget for 2017-18 against the state’s demand. It means 87% of the states demand, where as big states like Andhra and Chattisgarh have been allocated with only Rs.3406 and 3676 crores respectively;as we already mentioned. And the online ticket pricing is also slashed.
Now how can be the steel city or the new smart city Rourkela can be profited from this budget? Here it is!
Currently there are only five pairs of trains between Rourkela and eastern destinations of Odisha including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri. And a new train should be introduced between Rourkela and Paradip using the congestion-free Chakradharpur-Keonjhar-Jajpur route. It may also have other trains to connect key destinations of South and North Odisha and Puri-Barbil Express train on this route can be extended till Rourkela. .
This is exactly what RUA general secretary A C Baral said in an interview to Indian Express last year. Not only that Rourkela Development Steering Committee president Subrata Patnaik also stated that they are pressing for introduction of another Bhubaneswar-Rourkela Inter-City Express, premium/super-fast trains between Rourkela and Howrah and Rourkela and Bhopal and direct weekly train between Rourkela and Puducherry. Puducherry is one of the most beautiful place of the country!
Now its time to see how the govt. is planning.