Bhubaneswar, November 18: Union Minister of Education, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan and Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw will flag off the extension of Banaras-Sambalpur-Banaras bi-weekly Express up to Visakhapatnam at Sambalpur Railway Station on November 20 (Monday).
On the inaugural Day, the train will be flagged off from Sambalpur towards Visakhapatnam and will run as a Special Train. However, the regular service in the extended portion for this train will commence from November 22 (Wednesday) from Visakhapatnam and from November 23 (Thursday) from Banaras.
Extension of this train to Visakhapatnam is a game-changer for the people of Southern and western Odisha. The extension of this train from Sambalpur to Visakhapatnam will serve as a lifeline for the residents of Western and Southern Odisha travelling for various other reasons like Business, Education and Medical Treatment.
Without disturbing the scheduled timings and stoppages for this train between Sambalpur and Banaras, this train has been extended to Visakhapatnam.