Pradhan Seeks Conversion Of Tapaswini Express To LHB Design Coaches

Bhubaneswar: Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has sought the intervention of Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw for the conversion of Puri – Hatia – Puri Tapaswini Express to Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) design coaches.

In a letter to Vaishnaw on Tuesday, Pradhan informed that during one of his recent visits of Odisha, he had travelled from Bhubaneswar to Redhakhole on the Puri – Hatia – Puri Tapaswini Express and interacted with many of his co-passengers who mentioned their long-pending demand for LHB rakes on the train.

He said that this important train, which passes through the heart of Odisha and Jharkhand connecting Puri, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Talcher, Angul, Rairakhole, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Rajgangpur, Rourkela, Nuagaon, and Hatia, has been running since 1996 and is much used by commuters.

It is also a matter of pride for the people of Odisha that Tapaswini Express is named after the famous Odia book Tapaswini written by legendary 19th century Odia poet Swabhabkabi Gangadhar Meher, he added.

“We had recently flagged off the Bhubaneswar-Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand express with new modern LHB rakes. I learnt that LHB rakes have more safety features with modular interior and fittings, more seating capacity with lesser noise and other features like high-capacity cooling, improved suspension system for hassle free journey.

Introduction of LHB Coaches in Tapaswini Express shall go a long way in providing smooth travel and safer journey experience to railway passengers ensuring highest levels of comfort and on-board passenger amenities.

Keeping in mind the welfare and comfort of the train commuters, I seek your personal intervention for conversion of the Puri-Hatia-Puri Tapaswini Express to LHB rakes as early as possible,” said Pradhan.