Badampahar, Odisha: President Droupadi Murmu flags off three new railway services and marks the commencement of the redevelopment of the Badampahad railway station today. A ceremonial event is currently being held where a newly adorned train is being showcased at the station. During this period, comprehensive security measures have been put in place to ensure the President’s safety.
#WATCH | Odisha | President Droupadi Murmu flags off a train from Badampahar Railway Station.
She is flagging off three new trains (Shalimar-Badampahar Weekly Express, Badampahar-Rourkela Weekly Express, Tatanagar-Badampahar MEMU train) and laying the foundation stone for the… pic.twitter.com/ZDP91FMiw8
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The three trains that were inaugurated are the Shalimar-Badampahar Weekly Express, Badampahad-Rourkela Weekly Express, and Tatanagar-Badampahad MEMU train. Each train serves distinct routes and aims to bridge connectivity gaps in the region.
Shalimar-Badampahar Weekly Express
The Shalimar-Badampahar Weekly Express is poised to embark on its journey from Shalimar every Saturday at 23:05 hrs, reaching Badampahar at 05:40 hrs the following day. Conversely, the Badampahar-Shalimar Weekly Express will depart from Badampahar every Sunday at 22:00 hrs, reaching Shalimar at 05:30 hrs the next day. This service will include stops at various stations en route, facilitating travel between Shalimar/Kolkata in West Bengal and Badampahar in Odisha. Notably, it’s the first overnight express train service from the Badampahar/Rairangpur area.
Badampahad-Rourkela Weekly Express
The Badampahad-Rourkela Weekly Express will depart Badampahar every Sunday at 06:30 hrs, reaching Rourkela at 11:45 hrs on the same day. On the return journey, the Rourkela-Badampahar Weekly Express will depart Rourkela every Sunday at 14:20 hrs, arriving at Badampahar at 19:25 hrs the same day. This service will connect the mineral-rich areas of Badampahar with Rourkela, significantly impacting business, industry, and educational accessibility for students in the region.
The Tatanagar-Badampahad MEMU service is scheduled to leave Tatanagar at 09:55 hrs, arriving at Badampahar at 12:15 hrs. Conversely, the Badampahar-Tatanagar MEMU will depart from Badampahar at 12:45 hrs and reach Tatanagar at 15:20 hrs. Operating six days a week, this service aims to connect the mineral-rich areas of Badampahar in Odisha with Tatanagar, a crucial industrial hub in Jharkhand. The service is anticipated to benefit local businesses, traders, workers, and students in the area.