Junagadh Road railway station inaugurated

Junagadh Road: The much awaited Junagarh road railway station in Kalahandi district and extension of Bhubaneswar-Bhawanipatna Express up to Junagarh road was inaugurated by Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chaudhury by tele conferencing in the presence of Kalahandi MP Bhakta Charan Das at a function held today in the Junagarh railway station.

Bhakta Charan Das flagged off the express train to Bhubaneswar from Junagarh.

With this the 54.33 km long Lanjigarh Road to Junagarh railway line has been put to service.

The engineering survey of this project has been done in the year 1991 with an estimation of Rs 100 Crores. However it took nearly 22 years with revised cost of Rs 234 Crores. Incidentally the Bhawanipatna railway station and Bhubaneswar-Bhawanipatna Express train was inaugurated on 11 August 2012 and work for the rest of the track stretch up to Junagarh was in progress.

Addressing a public meeting Bhakta Charan Das said completion of Lanjigarh Road- Junagarh Rail line was one of his dream projects. He told Junagarh will be a big railway hub in the upcoming days.

He told survey of Junagarh-Nawarangpur track has been done. It is contemplated to link Khariar-Junagarh, Kantabanji-Junagarh and Vijayanagaram via Kasipur-Junagarh in future.

The General Managaer of East Coast Railways Rajib Bishnoi said the Lanjigarh Road-Junagarh Rail line will go a long way in helping the region in agriculture and industrial growth.