Transport Services in Odisha
Odisha located on the eastern coast of India enjoys robust transportation network via roadways, railways and airways. The good transportation system is a boon to the people and the economy of the state. The road transport system is looked after by Odisha State Road Transport Corporation. Odisha State Road Transport Corporation has connected the entire state allowing a good economic growth and comfortable movement of the people from one place to another. The state has only one international airport at Bhubaneswar known as Biju Patnaik International Airport, though there are a number of others private airstrips and helipads.
The major area of Odisha lies under East Coast Railway (ECoR) with headquarters at Bhubaneswar and some under South Eastern Railway and South East Central Railway. Odisha also has a long coastal line boosting the water transport in the state.
Roadways in Odisha
Need for better road connectivity is well understood by the administration of the Odisha, who have developed a well maintained network of roads in the state. This well-developed network of roads
directly impacts the lives of the
people. Total length 3592.932 kms of National Highways traversed through the state of Odisha. The general condition of roads in Odisha is good. The national highway 5 passes through Bhubaneswar. Another one National Highway 59 that passes through Odisha connects it with Raipur in Chhattisgarh.The four lane express highway has recently been developed. One can easily reach Cuttack, Konark, Puri, Balasore and Berhampur by bus or taxi. Long distant bus service is available from Kolkata to Balasore and Baripada.
The main bus stand in Bhubaneswar is Baramunda Bus Stand. Here one can find buses for almost all parts of the state.
Bus Stand Enquiry: 2750769, 2400540
Odisha State Road Transport Corporation
Bus services in Odisha is looked by Odisha State Road Transport Corporation which looks after the roadways transportation of the state and aims at providing quality and time bound services to the passengers. It ensures safe and comfortable journey through a fleet of buses . It also looks after the maintenance of bus stands across the state. In recent years Odisha State Road Transport Corporation has seen drastic changes. E-booking, new coaches, prompt services adds to its credit.OSRTC has shown tremendous growth in providing better services to the
passengers and is still continuing to provide the best of services to
all the passengers to give them complete travel satisfaction and
OSRTC is continuously working hard to provide safe
& comfortable road transport, connect not well connected areas like
remote / tribal areas and hilly terrains to the mainstream and to
provide Concessional fares to students, handicapped persons, Freedom
fighters, rural journalists. OSRTC also provide
service in L.W.E. areas under Biju Gaon Gadi Yojana, and imparts
driving training to improve skills and provide more chances of
employment.OSRTC mainly operates four types of coaches namely:
HI COMF – 3 by 2 comfortable coach
HI TECH – 2 by 2 luxury coach
Non-AC Deluxe – 2 by 2 Non-AC coach
In total Corporation runs 189 services including some Interstate services. Special services are run by the Corporation during festival time such as Car Festival or natural calamities like flood.Chairman cum Managing Director
Odisha State Road Transport Corporation
Paribahan Bhavan, Sachivalaya Marg,
Busindia customer support number: 1800-419-4287
Busindia Helpdesk : firstname.lastname@example.org
Raise a complaint ticket at: www.busindia.com/helpdesk/
For more click to http://www.osrtc.in/
Road Transport Department of Orissa
Road transport department of Orissa works in a multidisciplinary approach. It has about 15 lakhs registered vehicles and the annual generation touches somewhere near Rs 280 crore (2003-04) revenue. The success of Road transport department is a combined network of automobile engineers, police personnel, civil servants, statisticians and judicial experts. The objectives of RTO is to Maintain and improve the skill management, to be transparent in its management and administration, to add resource mobilization in road transport sector, to have a user friendly transport administration in Odisha, to make mobility safe and comfortable on road, to modernize the complete road transport processes for a vibrant, efficient and productive road transport management system in the State. Keeping the public convenience in mind the government of Odisha has opened 35 RTO's & 3 ARTO's in OdishaOffice Transport Commissioner
State Transport Authority
6 th Floor, Rajsawa Bhawan
Cuttack, Odisha, Pin-753002
Official Website - http://orissatransport.nic.in/
Railway Connectivity in Odisha
Bhubaneswar is the head quarter of East Coast Railway. It is also an important station on the Kolkata-Chennai railway line. There are convenient rail links to Bhubaneswar from Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Guwahati etc. All express and super-fast trains take a halt at Bhubaneswar station. There are many trains available for Puri and pass through Bhubaneswar station. South Eastern Railway and South East Central Railway also serves state of Odisha. The total length of railway line is around 2287km, which includes 91km of narrow gauge. The East Coast Railway has the largest load in both freight as well as passenger traffic in the country.
- Odisha connects Eastern and Western India through South- Eastern and East-Coast Railways.
- The Talcher-Sambalpur railway line, connects Coastal and Western Odisha.
- Koraput-Rayagada ,Daitari-Banspani and Khurda Road- Bolangir railway links are recently completed.
- Haridaspur - Paradeep and Angul-Duburi- Sukinda Road rail links, are being planned.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Rail Vikas Nigam Limited and government of Odisha for the Haridaspur-Paradeep link. Rail Vikas Nigam Limited also took over the Angul- Duburi- Sukinda Road link.Bhubaneswar Railway Station
Address: Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Station code: BBS
Zone(s): East Coast Railway
Division(s): Khurda RoadCuttack Junction Railway Station
Address: Cuttack, Odisha, India
Line(s): Kharagpur-Puri line,
Station code: CTC
Zone(s): East Coast Railway
Division(s): Khurda Road
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Air Connectivity to Odisha
Bhubaneswar, the state capital of Orissa is well connected by regular flights from several destinations in India. Biju Patnaik Airport is the only major facility in Odisha. Indian Airlines, Sahara Airlines and Jet Airways have flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Visakhapatnam to Bhubaneswar. The new terminal has good facility and pre-paid taxi service has also been introduced. It takes 1hr and 55 minutes from Delhi to reach Bhubaneswar by air. There are in all 17 airstrips and 16 helipads in Odisha. The making of full-fledged domestic airport at Jharsuguda is announced by the government of Odisha. The aerodromes at Jharsuguda, Gopalpur, Barbil and Rourkela were upgraded. The only international airport is at Bhubhaneshwar, the Biju Patnaik International Airport. It is the biggest and the busiest airport of Odisha. Many big business firms have their personal airstrips in Odisha where they travel in charted planes. Biju Patnaik International Airport
Owner/Operator: Airports Authority of India
Address: Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
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Airports and Airstrips in Odisha
- Angul - Savitri Jindal Airport
- Balasore - Rasgovindpur Airstrip
- Barbil - Barbil Tonto Aerodrome
- Bhubaneswar - Biju Patnaik International Airport
- Brahmapur - Berhampur Airport
- Cuttack - Charbatia Air Base
- Sambalpur - Hirakud Airstrip
- Jajpur - Jajpur Airstrip
- Jeypore - Jeypore Airport
- Jharsuguda - Jharsuguda Airport
- Kendujhar - Kendujhar Airstrip
- Lanjigarh - Lanjigarh Airstrip
- Phulbani - Phulbani Airstrip
- Rourkela - Rourkela Airport
- Nuapada - Nawapara Airport
- Balangir - Nuagaon Airport
- Bhawanipatna - Utkela Airstrip
Sea Ports in Odisha
Odisha has a long coast line of 480 kms. along the Bay of Bengal. There are a number of ports along this coastal line like Bahabalpur, Dhamra (Chand Bali) etc. Pradeep which is one of the emerging primer port of India is located in Odisha. Pradeep port serves as the main entry/ exit point for sea trade in Eastern India. The main items of the trade or the major cargo includes petroleum products, iron ore, other minerals, coal, food grains, etc. A fishing harbour is also recently commissioned at Paradeep.
The port is also equipped with 4 wharf cranes of 13.2mt capacity, mechanized iron ore berth plus other cargo berths and cargo handling and storage facilities. This port also has its own railway system which is connected to East Coast Railways. It is also linked with roadways with NH5 A and State Highway 42. Another major port in Odisha is The Gopalpur Port of Ganjam district. Gopalpur port is a fair weather sea port. The current handling capacity of this port is 2000-2500 tons per day.
Located on the shores of Bay of Bengal in Bhadrak district of Odisha is a newly developed Dharma Port is located. The total area under the port is 9.441316 km2 (3.645312 sq mi). In April 1998 it an agreement was signed to build this Port. Larsen & Toubro and TATA Steel signed a 50-50 partnership under a joint venture Dhamra Port Company Limited (DPCL) to run this port. In the starting the capacity of the port was 25 million tonnes annually. With time the capacity is now increased to 80 million tonnes annually which is distributed over 13 berths. Adnani port took over the Dharma port in June 2014. The port is mainly used for the export of iron ore.
Paradip port is an artificial deep water port. It is located in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha. Located on confluence of the Mahanadi river and the Bay of Bengal it is situated 210 nautical miles south of Kolkata and 260 nautical miles north of Visakhapatnam. It is one of the oldest ports opened on 12 March 1966. The port is under Paradip Port Trust (PPT), a corporation of Government of India. It has 14 berths having a capacity of 57.01 million tons annually. The Port is very well connected by Railways and Roadways. It has its own railway station. The Rail system connects to the East Coast Railway (ECoR) network of the Indian Railways. national highway 5A connects the port to Haridaspur near Cuttack.Click to know about these ports in detail Dhamra Port , Paradip Port .
Inland Waterways in Odisha
Inland waterways has played an important role in the history of Odisha. They played a viable role from transporting building materials for the famous temples at Puri and Konark to being used as coal barges. The Brahmani and Mahandi rivers were used for coal barges. New researches and studies are being carried on in reviving this traditional method of transportation.
Local Transport Mediums in Odisha
The local transport of Odisha is the most efficient way to traverse in state. It is safe, economical and comfortable for the passengers. There are a large number of vehicles available for the local transport in Odisha. These include government and private buses, good for travelling longer distances, taxis and auto rickshaw and cycle rickshaw for small distance within a city or town. Odisha State Road Transport Corporation
also runs a number of economic buses within the state and within cities The taxis are available on hourly or on day basis. There are a number of tourists visiting Odisha every year. The local transport makes their visit comfortable to a large extent. The number of buses running between the cities of Odisha, makes it easy for the visitors and the residents of to travel across different parts of the state. The different cities and towns and villages are very well connected with these public and private buses. Also the rail connectivity among the different areas of Odisha is very good. One can easily commutes through trains in Odisha.To travel within any city one can use auto rickshaw or cycle rickshaw. Auto rickshaw and cycle rickshaw needs to be bargained during peak hours. Odissa State Road Transport Corporation provides concessions to freedom fighters, differently abled, and students. Student passes are also offered at a lower price.