Commuters rue Hirakhand Express coach replacement | Bhubaneswar News

KORAPUT: Nearly a month after the replacement of standard coaches with the Linke-Hofmann-Busch (LHB) ones, the outdated and ill-maintained rakes have been once more hooked up to one of many two Hirakhand Express trains that runs between Jagdalpur and Bhubaneswar.
“I boarded the Hirakhand Express from Bhubaneswar to reach Jeypore, and saw that the old and dirty coaches have been attached again to the train,” mentioned Ramnath Sahu, a Jeypore resident.
The LHB coaches had been hooked up to the Hirakhand Express on September 10 after the go to of railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to Rayagada on August 20. The prepare normally carries 12 coaches, together with an AC-2 Tier, two AC-3 Tier, 4 sleeper class, three second class and a guard-cum-luggage coach and a Divyangjan coach.
“The LHB coaches are safer, lighter and more comfortable compared to the conventional ones. It’s unfortunate that the railways have replaced it with the conventional coaches. I was very disappointed during my journey by Hirakhand Express,” mentioned Subham Mihara, one other Jeypore resident.
A senior official of East Coast Railway mentioned on the time of inauguration, two rakes of LHB coaches had been launched within the Hirakhand Express, however now one rake has been withdrawn for use in another prepare. “Soon another rake of LHB coaches will be provided to the Hirakhand Express,” the official added Jeypore MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati mentioned he has taken up the difficulty with the railway minister.
“The introduction of LHB coaches introduced cheers to commuters because the outdated coaches had been ill-maintained. I’ve mentioned the matter with the railway minister to quickly restore the LHB coaches to the prepare,” mentioned Bahinipati.

, 2021-10-22 13:45:47

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