Indian Railways is planning to start 'Jagannath Express'. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Saturday said that Indian Railways is planning to start 'Jagannath Express' on the lines of 'Ramayana Express' during the Rath Yatra festival in Puri next year. He said on the sidelines of a program that soon semi-high-speed Vande Bharat Express trains would also be started in Odisha.
He said that to showcase the rich culture, art, tradition, and brotherhood of Odisha, the proposed 'Jagannath Express' would be launched during the Rath Yatra festival at Puri. This will be the second theme-based tourist circuit Bharat Gaurav train after Ramayana Express. Significantly, the beach town of Puri is famous for the 12th-century temple of Lord Jagannath.
The Union Minister said that the Vande Bharat Express train will soon be seen in Odisha. He said that by the month of January or February next year, about four trains will be manufactured in the country in a month. He further said that we are checking electrification and other necessary qualifications to run the Vande Bharat train in the state. He claimed that railway infrastructure is being developed on a large scale in Odisha.
Vaishnav said that while around 20 to 25 km of the rail line was being built during the UPA regime, 180 km of the rail line was built in 2021 and this year it will be 550 km. He said that work is being done to convert 32 railway stations in the state into world-class standards. Responding to a question, Vaishnav said that Odisha is entitled to Metro trains, but the Railways has not received any proposal from the state government in this regard.
Ashwini Vaishnav is also the Minister of Communications, Electronics, and Information Technology. He said that in the first phase, 5G network services would be launched in Odisha in the next three months. He said that the necessary equipment for the 5G network is already present in Odisha. Earlier during his visit to Odisha on October 16, the minister had said that by March 2023, 5G network services would be available in four cities of Odisha. 5G service will allow consumers to get 10 times faster speed than 4G.