Bhubaneswar, Dec 31: Two Amrit Bharat Express including Malda Town-Bengaluru Amrit Bharat via Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam and six Vande Bharat Express flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday were received with grand welcome at various railway stations in Odisha and Northern Andhra Pradesh.
The Malda Town-Bengaluru Amrit Bharat Express was welcomed with much fanfare amidst the rhythmic drum beats and traditional dance at Jaleswar, Balasore and Soro in South Eastern Railway jurisdiction and at Bhadrak, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Khurda Road, Brahmapur in Odisha.
This train also witnessed grand welcome at Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam Railway Stations in Northern Andhra Pradesh under ECoR jurisdiction.
At Bhadrak Station, Lok Sabha MP Manjulata Mandal, former MLA Muktikant Mandal, social worker Sisir Kumar Mishra and social worker Manasmita Khuntia graced the occasion.
At Cuttack Railway Station, passenger amenities committee member Dillip Mallik and social worker Lalatendu Badu graced the function.
At Bhubaneswar Railway Station, MPs Aparajita Sarangi, Sulata Deo and Muzibulla Khan graced the programme along with ECoR General Manager Manoj Sharma and Divisional Railway Manager H. S. Bajwa.
Similarly, at Khurda Road Railway Station, MLA Suresh Kumar Routray and social worker Rashmi Ranjan Mahapatra graced the occasion.
Apart from this, MP Chandrasekhar Sahoo and MLA Bikram Panda took part in the programme and welcomed the train at Brahmapur Railway Station.
Public representatives including MPs and MLAs had also joined the programme at Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam Railway Stations over ECoR jurisdiction to welcome the maiden run of indigenously built Amrit Bharat Express between Malda Town and Bengaluru.