Jamshedpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to launch on Saturday a basket of central government projects in Odisha worth more than Rs 4500 crore. Railway projects to be launched include flagging of the second passenger train from Tatanagar to Badampahar.
The Tatanagar-Badampahar railway line was laid in 1911 and only one train ran on the route. A second passenger train will now be flagged off on this historic line to benefit people of Badampahar who will now have rail-linkage to Howrah and Mumbai via Tatanagar for six days a week.
Governor Droupadi Murmu and Jamshedpur MP Bidhyut Baran Mahto will participate in the programme. The Prime Minister will flag off through video conferencing.
Governor, who hails from Mayurbhanj, had held a discussion on this matter with senior Railways officialsduring which she raised the Mayurbhanj people’s longstanding demand of running of a morning train from Badampahar to Rourkela.
The track upgradation work along the Tata-Badampahar route,is over and a passenger train would run from Badampahar to Rourkela via Tatanagar every morning.
The new DEMU passenger will start from Badampahar at 7.25 am and reach Tatanagar at 10.45 am covering a distance of 89 km. This apart, another train will run early in the morning from Tatanagar and reach Badampahar around 7 am.
The sole passenger train running between these two stations at present leaves Tatanagar at 6 am and reaches Badampahar at 10.25 am. In the return direction, the train starts from Badampahar at 10.40 am and arrives at Tatanagar at 15.05 am.
In both the directions the trains cover the branch line passing through Gorumahisani. Tatanagar railway station witnesses a daily traffic of over 90- mail, express and passenger trains which either originate from Tatanagar of go via that station. The daily passenger footfall is close to 50,000.