Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 5:
The Odisha Assembly’s House Committee on Railways today met here under the chairmanship of Speaker Niranjan Pujari to finalise on the memorandum to be submitted to Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tomorrow on the state’s demands for allocation in the upcoming Rail budget.
The House Committee discussed and approved the draft memorandum to be submitted to the Union Railway Minister tomorrow.
Sources privy to the meeting said the memorandum demands for an allocation of Rs 5,000 for the state in the 2016-17 Union Railway Budget. Out of the total demand of Rs 5,000 crore, Rs 2270 crore has been sought for doubling and tripling of tracks– being the highest, Rs 1,050 for ongoing and approved projects, Rs 400 crore for new projects and Rs 350 crore for passenger amenities.
During their meeting with the Union Minister, Committee members will demand greater importance to Odisha in the Union Railway budget in view of the gross earnings of the Railways from various stations in the state being estimated to be in excess of Rs.14,000 crore during 2014-2015.
“We have constituted a committee in our Assembly. The mandate of the Committee is to handover a memorandum to the Prime Minister and the Railway Minister for the development of different railway projects in Odisha. The Committee discussed in detail proposals put forth by different members. The different proposals will be finalized and put in the memorandum. The rules don’t permit me to disclose the contents of the memorandum, hence I cannot disclose the details before it is submitted to the Railway Minister,” told Speaker Pujari to reporters after the House Committee meeting.
“The House Committee will meet the Railway Minister tomorrow and present the demands to the Minister on behalf of the House,” said Narasingha Mishra, leader of the Opposition in the Odisha Assembly.