Transportation in JagatsinghpurIn today’s time the importance of efficient transportation goes beyond providing merely convenience to general commuters. Today its importance stretches to economic viability and development of any region. In fact without efficient transportation system in place, no city or region can even aspire for faster economic growth. In case of Jagatsinghpur, it still has a long way to go to put in place an efficient and robust transportation system. Though thee government of Odisha is trying its level best to overhaul the existing transportation system. Below is more detailed information about existing transportation system in Jagatsinghpur District.
Railways in Jagatsinghpur
Although there are many railway stations in Jagatsinghpur District, but none of them is a junction. Therefore they provide connectivity only to few cities, and that too to cities of only Odisha state. The most important railway station of the district is Paradip Railway Station, located in Paradip town – the most developed town of Jagatsinghpur District. Other prominent railway stations of the district are Gorakhnath station, Raghunathpur station and Rahama station. Actually each of these stations provide connectivity to same number of cities including main cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, so there is nothing much to choose between these stations. And although none of these stations are junctions, but they still hold huge importance for commuters of Jagatsinghpur district. Especially those who travel to Cuttack and Bhubaneswar on routine basis, and even those who travel outside Odisha state via break journey through Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.
Air Connectivity to JagatsinghpurThe nearest airport to Jagatsinghpur is obviously Bhubaneswar Airport, which is actually lone airport operating in entire Odisha state. It is also known as Biju Patnaik International Airport. The distance between Jagatsinghpur and Bhubaneswar is only 64 kms. This distance can be covered either via road or train, train obviously being the cheapest. In case if you’re planning to travel via private taxi or rental car, then there are decent number travel agents in Jagatsinghpur who offer these services. Besides, daily decent number of state run buses ply between jagatsinghpur and Bhubaneshwar, but their frequency isn’t that high.
Local Transportation in JagatsinghpurJust like in all other major cities, Jagatsinghpur local transportation is also dominated by auto rickshaws. Although in some parts of Jagatsinghpur cycle rickshaws do operate, but their numbers are dwindling very fast. To put it in other words, auto rickshaws don’t face any stiff competition here.As of today auto rickshaws are mainly concentrated in following cities: Jagatsinghpur, Paradip, Gorakhnath and Rahama. Auto rickshaw stands are also available outside railway stations of each of these cities. Over all, auto rickshaws are pretty much lifeline for daily commuters of this region. Therefore it would be great boon if their numbers are further increased, especially in those parts of the district where auto rickshaws even today have minimal presence.
From above information it can be concluded that Jagatsinghpur’s transportation system needs a big overhaul. The most plausible improvement that can be done is to increase railway connectivity or connecting it to rest of Odisha by constructing major state highway. This would not only provide great boost to connectivity, but also economic aspirations of the district. And over the years many important factors have indeed made Jagatsinghpur one of the economically critical districts of Odisha state, and which is why its needs robust transportation more than ever before.