Himansu Shekhar Rout

Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has directed the divisional railway manager (DRM) to rectify the English spelling of ‘Balasore’ railway station as Odia phonetics. 

The Union Minister issued this directive to the DRM while inspecting the railway station on Sunday. Since the British Raj, the name of the railway station is being written as ‘Balasore’. The correct spelling of the railway station will be carried out, he insisted.

Speaking to the media, Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, “A clear decision was taken to rectify the wrong spelling of the name Balasore in English with correct spelling in accordance with the spelling in Hindi and Odia. The English spelling of ‘Balasore’ as mentioned at the Railway station is wrong. If you go and see, the spelling of the name is being corrected. The process for correct spelling of the name will be completed in two or three days.” 

The Union Minister also said that a foot over bridge (FOB) as demanded by passengers for a long time will be completed in five to six months. This will be done on a war footing, he assured. 

During his visit to the Balasore district headquarters hospital, he donated a life-support ambulance before visiting the AIIMS satellite hospital.

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