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PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone, Inaugurates Railway Projects Worth over Rs 8000 crore

Published on May 20, 2023
Current Context: He laid the foundation stone and inaugurated several railway projects worth over Rs 8000 crore in Odisha through video conferencing on 18th May 20231234. Some of the projects include:
PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone, Inaugurates Railway Projects Worth over Rs 8000 crore
  • The Vande Bharat Express between Puri and Howrah, which is a semi-high speed train that can run at a speed of up to 180 kmph and has features like automatic doors, bio-vacuum toilets, GPS-based passenger information system, etc.
  • The redevelopment of Puri and Cuttack railway stations, which will enhance the passenger amenities, safety and security, and aesthetic appeal of the stations. The Puri station will also have a multi-modal hub with facilities for pilgrims visiting the Jagannath Temple.
  • The gauge conversion project from Rupsa to Bangiriposi13, which will improve the connectivity and accessibility of the mineral-rich areas of Mayurbhanj district.
  • The electrification of Sambalpur-Angul line, which will reduce the carbon footprint and operational cost of the railways.
  • These projects are expected to boost the trade and commerce, tourism and socio-economic development of Odisha and neighbouring states.


Q.1 Which of the following is the name of the semi-high speed train that PM Modi flagged off between Puri and Howrah?
a. Vande Bharat Express
b. Tejas Express
c. Gatimaan Express
d. Rajdhani Express
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