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Odisha CM writes to Rail Min over MoU for devp of Bhubaneswar station


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, replying to a letter of Railways Minister Piyush Goyal pertaining to signing of an MoU for development of Bhubaneswar Railway Station, proposed for inking of the MoU here on a mutually convenient date.

Goyal through a letter had earlier invited Patnaik for signing of MoU in New Delhi on May 23 for upgradation of facilities and amenities at Bhubaneswar station.

“As you are aware, the State Government has already offered to develop a modern Railway Station building with international class passenger amenities in the capital city of Bhubaneswar. As already agreed, the modern station facility is planned to be built on land belonging to State Government and is already designed as a multi modal hub which will be seamlessly integrated with the surrounding Smart City development,” the CM wrote.

“The State Government has already engaged M/s Subama Jurong, Singapore, a Design Firm of international repute, for this purpose. One of the defining features of the proposed plan is to connect both sides of Railway Station through a very wide concourse for giving complete new experience to the passengers. This will involve construction over the Platforms and Railway lines,” the letter read.

“The MoU that was to be signed on 20.01.2018 envisaged taking up of the project in two phases. As the same could not be signed and the project has already been delayed considerably, it is proposed by the State Government that whole project may be taken in one phase. Accordingly, the State Government has moved for signing of revised MoU, which may be expeditiously approved by the Railways,” Patnaik said in the letter.

“As the project is of immense importance to the citizens of the city for which the State Government is committed to fully bear the expenses for development of a modern and world-class station, I would, therefore, like to propose that the MoU may be signed at Bhubaneswar on a mutually convenient date,” he concluded.