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RLY MIN URGED TO EXPEDITE KHORDHA-BALANGIR PROJECT Friday, 05 December 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
RLY MIN URGED TO EXPEDITE KHORDHA-BALANGIR PROJECT
Friday, 05 December 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
The Rajya Sabha member, AU Singh Deo, has urged Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to expedite the construction of various railway projects, including Khordha-Balangir railway line, in western Odisha and all projects connecting Puri ahead of Nabakalebar festival.
In a letter sent to the Union Minister on Monday, Singh Deo said the construction work for the Khordha-Balangir railway project, which would connect backward western region to coastal parts of Odisha, is moving at a slow pace due to lack of funds.
Singh Deo informed the Minister that the Odisha Government has promised to provide land in the project’s Daspalla-Balangir stretch (112-289 Km) free of cost and share 50 per cent of construction cost for the segment. The work for this project has only been started from the Khordha side. As there is demand, the work should be started from the Balangir side too which would provide employment to local people, pointed out Singh Deo.
Singh Deo also urged Prabhu to expedite Jeypore-Malkangiri and Jaeypore-Nabarangpur projects as the State Government has agreed to provide land bear parts of construction cost.
Besides these projects, Singh Deo also urged the Minister to expedite projects like doubling of Delang-Sakhigopal-Puri, expansion of Puri and Malatipatpur stations, construction of ROB near Malatipatpur, third line between Bhubaneswar-Barang, doubling of Cuttack-Barang and Barang-Rajathgarh rail line and complete them before March 2015 well before Nabakalebar festival in Puri. Singh Deo mentioned that over 50 lakh people would throng the pilgrim town.