Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today wrote to Railways Minister Piyush Goyal urging the latter to sanction projects in Mayurbhanj district and offered land free of cost for the purpose.
“The existing Rupsa-Bangiriposhi line on the one end connects to the Howrah-Chennai trunk route at Rupsa but ends as a dead end at Bangiriposhi on the other side. With this arrangement, trains only ply from Rupsa side and come back to the same point with no connection to the Tatanagar side, which is on the Howrah-Mumbai trunk side,” the CM wrote.
Patnaik also mentioned that Railways had previously sanctioned a missing link of 50 km between Buramara (Odisha) to Chakulia (Jharkhand) to provide connectivity but it has now proposed to drop the work from its sanctioned list on the ground of lack of financial viability.
Similarly, another survey for the same connectivity has been completed for a 42 km line between Bangiriposhi and Gorumahisani. Even for this missing link, work is not being sanctioned by Railways citing low rate of return, he added in the letter.
The CM requested the Ministry of Railways to sanction the missing link project of Bangiriposhi-Gorumahisani in Mayurbhanj and Buramara-Chakulia in Odisha and Jharkhand to provide the much needed connectivity.
“In order to make the projects more viable, I also offer land free of cost for the Odisha portion of the above projects,” Patnaik said.