Bhubaneswar: In a bid to provide convenience for local commuters, the railway authorities decided to halt three more passenger trains at the Bhubaneswar New Railway Station from December 22.
The trains included Angul-Puri-Angul MEMU, Talcher-Puri-Talcher MEMU and Bhadrak-Bhubaneswar-Bhadrak Passenger.
According to reports, the Angul-Puri-Angul MEMU will reach the Bhubaneswar New Railway Station at 8.40 am and depart at 8.41 am towards Puri. The train from Puri will reach the station at 6.22 pm and leave at 6.23 pm towards Angul.
The Talcher-Puri-Talcher MEMU will arrive at the station at 9.17 am and leave at 9.18 am towards Puri. In return direction, it will arrive at 6.53 pm and depart at 6.54 pm towards Talcher every day.
Similarly, the Bhadrak-Bhubaneswar-Bhadrak Passenger will arrive at the Bhubaneswar New Railway Station at 9.26 am and depart at 9.27 am towards Bhubaneswar. In return direction, the train will reach at 6.14 pm at the station and leave at 6.15 pm towards Bhadrak.
With three more trains, total six trains will be provided stoppage at the Bhubaneswar New Railway Station since its commissioning in August this year.
Currently, the Rourkela-Puri-Rourkela Passenger, Howrah-Puri-Santragachhi Passenger and Cuttack-Brahmapur-Cuttack MEMU trains stop at the station. Even the Bhadrak-Bhubaneswar-Bhadrak Passenger, Angul-Puri-Angul and Talcher-Puri-Talcher MEMU trains are halting at the station in their return direction.
As there is no road communication and transport system to the newly constructed Bhubaneswar New Railway Station, the passengers are not able to board from this station even as more trains stop here, a local source said.
The existing road to the station is not convenient for the people especially residing at Raghunathpur area and tourists visiting the Nandankanan Zoological Park and Botanical Garden. Hence, the local train passengers prefer to board from Barang Station instead of Bhubaneswar New Railway Station, sources said.