Devpt on Track: PM to inaugurate Bhanupratappur rly station on 14th

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Apr 2018 11:22:20





Staff Reporter

Fulfilling his commitment to bring back development of the region on track, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Bhanupratappur railway station costing Rs 150 crore on April 14. As per schedule, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the railway station between 12 pm and 3 pm.
Meanwhile, South East Central Railway (SECR) sources said that the dream project in the Naxal belt of the state will enhance the economy of the region apart from helping SECR generate record earning through freight service and passenger amenities.

Divisional Railway Manager of SECR, Kaushal Kishore told The Hitavada that the extension of Gudum-Bhanupratappur single line non-electrified Broad Gauge Section is part of Dallirajhara-Rowghat new rail line project. Population of Bhanupratappur is about 20000 and people from Kanker and adjacent areas will get better Railway connectivity for the first time. “Apart from passenger amenities, Bhanupratappur will be an important location for freight services and transportation of iron-ore, a major advantage for Railway,” said the DRM. At present, iron-ores are being transported by road, costing dearly to industries, the DRM said.

Indian railways provide very easy, economic and fast means of freight transportation for iron-ore through this railway project. In future it will turn out to be a major source of earning for SECR, he said. At present freight service from Gudum worth over Rs 1 crore is transported on monthlybasis by railway, through 5-6 rakes. The DRM further said that the Prime Minister will inaugurate Bhanupratappur railway station through Video Conference and the main function will take place at Jangla in Bijapur. Local Member of Legislative Assembly and Member of Parliament are expected to be present at Bhanupratappur during the inaugural function. Adequate security arrangements have been made ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit. The DRM too inspected the preparations taking place at Bhanupratappur, along with Senior Divisional Commercial Manager and other divisional officials. Water Resources Department Secretary Sonmoni Borah has been given responsibility by state government as coordinator.

Railways will hold a free health check-up camp during the inauguration of the station to examine the health of villagers expected to turn up for the event, said the DRM.
At present the operation of passenger train will be done thrice a week and later the frequency will be increased with availability of additional rakes. As per schedule train will depart from Bhanuratappur at 12:30 pm and arrive at Gudum at 12:45 pm, Dallirajhara at 2:05 pm, Kusum Kasa at 2:26, Balod at 2:41 pm, Latabor at 2:53 pm, Shikosa PH. At 3:02 pm, Gunderdehi at 3:12 pm, Risama at 3:26 pm, Pauwara PH at 3:34 pm, Marauda at 3:45 pm and finally reach Durg at 4:45 pm. The timing of train will be changed to morning hours as per the demand of public so that by evening the passenger return back to Bhanupratappur, added DRM.