Naveen urges Rly min to expedite Khurda-Puri doubling work

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged Union railway minister Mukul Roy to expedite the doubling work of Khurda-Puri track before Nabakalebar of the three deities at Puri in 2015. In a letter to the minister, Patnaik said that since more than 100 trains would be required in addition to the regular train services during the grand occasion, which is held at intervals of around 20 years, the line capacity of the Khurda-Puri branch line has to be increased urgently.

The existing Khurda-Puri branch line was sanctioned for doubling during 2000-01, but so far a stretch of 15kms from Khurda to Delang had been commissioned while the remaining 28.7kms is yet to be completed, Patnaik said.