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Ganjam fortunately has a pretty robust transportation services. Existing local transportation as well as good connectivity via train and bus has definitely given Ganjam the needed advantage in important sectors like tourism, industries, agriculture etc. But Ganjam’s transportation facilities still needs immense improvement, especially in local transportation. The existing one though capable to match the transportation needs of the citizens yet needs to be upgarded in near furture.
Rail Connectivity to Ganjam
Ganjam is well connected to other parts of the country via railways. It is home to two important railway stations – Chatrapur Railway Station and Brahmapur Railway Station. Both these railway stations are located on important rail route that connects Chennai and Kolkata. But, more importantly they connect Ganjam District directly to many important cities of India iNew Delhi, including Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Cuttack, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Puri, Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata, Raipur and many more. In other words, these two rail stations are immensely important for sheer economic viability of Ganjam District.
Airways in Ganjam
There are no airports in Ganjam District. The nearest airport is Biju Patnaik International Airport (also known as Bhubaneswar Airport), located in capital city of Bhubaneswar. It is located some 132 kms away from Chatrapur – administrative headquarter of Ganjam District. Chatrapur and also Brahmapur are directly connected to Bhubaneswar via rail and bus services. There are as many as 62 weekly trains from Chatrapur and Brahmapur to Bhubaneswar, out of which 10 to 15 trains run on daily basis. There is equally no dearth of Bus service to Bhubaneswar. There are ample OSRTC Buses from Brahmapur and Chatrapur to Bhubaneswar on daily basis. Both bus and train take roughly 3 to 3 half hours to reach Bhubaneswar.
Biju Patnaik International Airport Address: Airport Rd, Aerodrome Area, Bhubaneshwar, OD 751020 Code: BBI Elevation: 42 m
Road Network in Ganjam
When it comes to road connectivity OSRTC Buses (Odisha State Road Transport Corporation) play immensely important role. Although OSRTC Buses connects Ganjam to only important districts and cities residing within Odisha state. Since OSRTC Buses ply its buses only within the boundaries of Odisha state. Auto rickshaws and hand rickshaws are the most popular local transportation in important cities like Brahmapur and Chatrapur. Besides, taxis are also available in quite few numbers in both these cities. All these transport facilities can be easily availed from Brahmapur & Chatrapur stations and their nearby areas. As far as local transportation facilities in deep interiors of Ganjam District is concerned, then transportation options there are still far and few.
City Bus Services in Ganjam
In 2014 a much needed boost to Ganjam’s local transportation was given by inaugurating city bus service. This newly inaugurated bus service will ply mainly between Brahmapur & Chatrapur and between few other towns. This bus service though is still in a very nascent stage and hence its frequency is not that high. Overall, from above information it can be summed up that while Ganjam enjoys very good connectivity with rest of India but still lot of improvement is needed on the front of local transportation. The existing number of auto rickshaws and hand rickshaws are way to less to cope with ever increasing transportation needs of locals. In this context, newly inaugurated bus service is surely right step in right direction.