Badampahar (Mayurbhanj), November 21: It was a historic day for President Draupadi Murmu’s village, Rairangpur, as the people in this region received the gift of an express train for the first time in 112 years with President launching the service at Badampahar railway station here.
During her three-day visit to Odisha, President Murmu flagged off three new trains from Badampahar station. These trains are Train No. 18049/18050 Shalimar -Badampahar – Shalimar Weekly Express, Train No. 18051/18052 Badampahar-Rourkela – Badampahar Weekly Express, and Train No. 08147/08148 Tatanagar- Badampahar- Tatanagar MEMU Service.
With this, Odisha’s tribal belt of Badampahar and Rairangpur received the first set of long-distance passenger trains to operate in the section in 112 years.
Addressing the gathering, the President said, “Development of any area depends on the connectivity of that area. Three trains launched today will help locals in traveling to neighboring states like Jharkhand and West Bengal.”
She said that people will also not face any inconvenience in visiting Odisha’s industrial town Rourkela.
After the event, the President traveled in the Badampahar – Shalimar Express from Badampahar to Rairangpur.
Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also graced the occasion.