Bhubaneswar, August 14: Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw along with Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday flagged off the Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express with Tejas coaches from Bhubaneswar railway station.
On this occasion, the Railway Minister announced that Odisha will get the second Vande Bharat express train soon.
While Monday’s operation was a trial run, the train will run as Rajdhani-Tejas Express from August 19.
Addressing a gathering at the Bhubaneswar railway station, Vaishnaw said the second Vande Bharat train service between Rourkela and Bhubaneswar will begin soon.
“It will pass through Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Angul, Talcher and other places,” he said.
The Railway Minister said Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Tejas Express will have ultra modern facilities like automatic entrance doors, passenger announcement/passenger information system (PA/PIS), fire and smoke detection and suppression system, CCTV cameras, improved lavatory, vacuum assisted flushing with bio-toilets, superior toilet fittings, touch free soap dispenser, sealed vestibules, LED lights and an aesthetic colour scheme.
The Tejas rakes can run at a maximum speed of 160 kmph.
During its journey between Bhubaneswar-New Delhi, the train will have 13 stoppages – Cuttack, Bhadrak, Balasore, Hijli, Tata Nagar Junction, Muri, Bokaro Steel City, Gomo, Koderma Junction, Gaya Junction, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction, Prayagraj Junction and Kanpur Central.