Friday, June 29, 2012

Work for the Khurda-Balangir rail link is going to start soon from the Balangir side


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FRIDAY, 29 JUNE 2012 22:50
PNS | BHUBANESWAR
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Work for the Khurda-Balangir rail link is going to start soon from the Balangir side, said General Manager East Coast Railways (ECoR) Indra Ghosh on Thursday.
While meeting a delegation of the peoples’ representatives from Balangir district led by local MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo, Ghosh said work would soon start within a few months from the Balangir-end to speed up the construction work of the much-awaited rail link between western and coastal Odisha.
Ghosh assured the delegation that as the estimate for starting work has already been sent to the authorities last month, the work would begin once the estimate is approved. While work has started from the Khurda Road side, there has been a demand to begin work from the Balangir-end too so that completion of the project would be expedited.
After 18 years of approval of the project, hardly a few kilometres of link has been completed so far while the project cost has escalated to more than `1,000 crore. Though a Computerised Reservation Counter (CRC) at Patnagarh was sanctioned last year under the quota of Balangir MP, till date it has not started working due to non-supply of hardware.
The ECoR GM promised to look into delay of the work on Titlagarh railway over-bridge so that work starts with immediate effect. During the meeting, the demand for an RCC sleeper factory at the Kantabanji railway station was reiterated. It was decided that the matter would be recommended to the Indian Railway Board.
The authorities informed that work on the Balangir-Nuapada railway line via Patnagarh would start soon after the survey report.

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