Balangir: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a basket of projects worth Rs 1,550 crore during his visit to Odisha’s Balangir district today. He dedicated the Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) in Jharsuguda to the nation.
The MMLP is built at a cost of Rs 100 Crores. It will facilitate EXIM and Domestic cargo including Private Freight Traffic. MMLP is located adjacent to Howrah- Mumbai which is 5 km from Jharsuguda Railway Station. Many important industries like steel, cement, paper etc are located around the facility and will be benefited from it. The Multi-Modal Logistics Park will establish Jharsuguda as a prime logistics hub in Odisha and boost ease of doing business in the State.
The PM also inaugurated a new railway line between Balangir and Bichupali and flagged off a new train on the route. The 15 km Balangir-Bichupali New Railway Line would connect coastal Odisha with western Odisha synchronising development across the State. It will reduce travel time from Bhubaneswar and Puri to major cities like New Delhi and Mumbai. The line would benefit many MSME and cottage industries in Odisha and open up opportunities for the mining sector in the state.
The following railway projects were also launched by the Prime Minister:
- Dedication of Electrification of 813 km of Jharsuguda-Vizianagaram and Sambalpur-Angul lines at a cost of Rs. 1085 crores. It will ensure seamless rail connectivity on the line.
- Dedication of Doubling of 13.5 km Barpali-Dunguripali and Balangir-Deogaon road line. The doubling of line will give a boost to industrial capacity in Odisha.
- Dedication of Bridge no. 588 between Theruvali-Singapur road station. It will result in rebuilding of the linkage over Nagavali river which was washed away during floods in July 2017.
In order to facilitate passport services and reduce the travel hassle for the people, Modi inaugurated New Passport Seva Kendras at Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Kandhamal, Bargarh and Balangir. It will immensely benefit the people from these regions since they had to visit Bhubaneswar for passport related services.
The PM also inaugurated the renovation and restoration works of Nilamadhav and Siddheshwar Temple at Gandhaharadi in Boudh, Ranipur Jharial group of monuments in Balangir and Asurgarh Fort in Kalahandi.
He also laid foundation stone for permanent building at Kendriya Vidyalaya in Sonepur. The building will house modern schooling facilities for the benefit of over 1000 school children.