Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 20:
In order to expedite the 289-km Khordha-Bolangir railway project, sanctioned by the Centre since 1994-95, the Odisha government will sign a MoU with the Railway ministry in New Delhi today.
“While 32 km of the project work has been completed so far, construction of 80-km rail route between Begunia and Daspalla is currently underway. The MoU would be signed for completion of the construction work for the remaining 177-km Daspalla-Bolangir rail route within six years”, said Commerce and Transport minister Ramesh Majhi to the media.
Stating that the construction of rail route from Bolangir to Daspalla would begin from Bolangir, Majhi said the work would be done through the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) at a projected cost of Rs 2000 crore of which the Centre and the state government would bear half of the project cost each.
“In addition to Rs 1000 crore, the state government will bear an additional cost of Rs 355 crore towards compensation for the acquisition of private land for the project,” the minister added.
It may be mentioned that chief minister Naveen Patnaik, during the inauguration function of the Khurda-Begunia rail route on July 16 this year, had said the state government would provide all possible support to the Indian Railways in the construction of rail route from Bolangir to Daspalla by bearing half of the project cost and providing land free of cost.