Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw points out Hirakhand Express with modern Linke-Hofmann-Busch coaches
Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw signals Hirakhand Express with modern Linke-Hofmann-Busch (LHB) coaches | Photo credit: Twitter
New Delhi: On Friday evening, Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw and Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan reported the new modern LHB rake of train No. 08445/08446 Bhubaneswar-Jagadalpur-Bhubaneswar, Hirakhand Express, via video conference from Rail Bhawan, New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Vaishnaw said that “the Prime Minister has insisted on the need for reforms in the railways. The vision is to make healthy transformation and not just incremental changes. Our government is pursuing these projects on an express basis. Every year around Rs 6,000 crore to 7,000 crore is sanctioned in the budget for the development of railway infrastructure in Odisha “
“This Union government is committed to providing better connectivity and amenities to our valued passengers,” said the Union Minister. The introduction of new modern LHB rakes in Hirakhand Express will provide a better and more enjoyable travel experience for train passengers, Vaishnaw added.
Dharmendra Pradhan said that special attention is paid by the Union government to this region in the area of infrastructure development and railway projects.
For the uninitiated, Hirakhand Express covers its 784 km journey from Bhubaneswar to Jagdalpur with stops at 21 intermediate stations in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh under the jurisdiction of the East Coast Railway.
LHB coach at Hirakhand Express will provide better comfort and smooth travel to passengers. LHB coaches are anti-telescopic, safer, lighter, more comfortable and smooth. The replacement of conventional ICF coaches in phases by LHB coaches is done from a safety point of view.
Hirakhand Express will now operate with a 12 coach cargo combination as before, namely 01 AC 2 Tier, 02 AC-3 Tier, 04 Sleeper Class, Three Second Class Seating and 02 Guard cum Luggage & Divyangjan Coaches.