Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 17:
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, today reviewed the Khurdha-Bolangir railway project and asked Revenue, Transport and commerce departments to expedite land acquisition process to expedite the project.
Chief Minister has asked to begin the work swiftly on the 90 kilometres project, as land has been handed over to the railways by the state government. The East Coast Railways has been given Rs 8 crores and 19 kilometres of land has been made available to the railways.
The Khurda-Bolangir line covering a distance of 41.5 kms has been completed from Khurda to Rajsunakhala and two trains are already running up-down through the stations.
“Work is currently going on from Rajsunakhala towards Bolagarh and Nayagarh. Construction work till Bolagarh will be completed by June 2016 and up to Nayagarh by June 2017,. We will also begin work on the railway line from Bolangir from December,” East Coat Railway General Manager, Rajiv Vishnoi said.
“The chief minister asked to expedite the Khurda-Bolangir railway line. He has asked to speed up the land acquisition process and forest diversion process,” said Commerce and Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi.
Similarly, work for Daspalla -Bolangir line is on, the rail line work from Bolangir will start from December this year.
The meeting was attended by Transport minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi, MP Prasanna Kumar Patsani, additional Chief Secretary of Finance department, East Coast Railway General Manager and other officials were also present there.
The state government had signed an MoU with the Railways on July 20 this year. As per the agreement, the state government would bear the total cost towards land acquisition and 50 percent of the total project cost which is estimated at Rs 2000 crore.