2 new Railways industrial projects to come up in Odisha

BHUBANESWAR: The Centre has sanctioned two new railways industrial projects and allocated Rs 5,102 crore for rail infrastructure development in Odisha, a top official said today.

Giving details about the industrial projects proposed in the 2017-18 union budget, East Coast Railway (ECoR) General Manager Umesh Singh said an Electric Loco Periodical Overhauling Workshop will be set up in Kalahandi with an investment of Rs 186 crore.

A Freight Train Maintenance Facilities with Routine Overhauling Facilities for Freight Wagons at Maneswar near Sambalpur has also been sanction at a cost of Rs 49.16 crore, he said.

Among the major projects, the budget has made allocation of Rs 700 crore for the Khurda-Bolangir railway project followed by Rs 275 crore for Jeypore-Nabrangpur rail project.

While Rs 250 crore has been allocated for Talcher- Bimalagarh rail project, the Haridaspur-Paradip rail project has got Rs 200 crore.

The Angul-Sukinda road project has been granted Rs 200 crore, Rs 79 crore for Jeypore-Malkangiri rail project, Rs five crore for Lanjigarh Road-Junagarh rail project and Rs 1.5 crore for Daitati-Banspani rail project, have been announced, Singh said.

For construction of railway over bridge, railway underpass and subways, the budget has made allocation of Rs 671 crore of which the state government’s share will be Rs 363.72 crore.

The Centre has also sanctioned three new surveys for construction of a new line between Bhawanipatna-Kesinga via Utkela (35 km), Sambalpur-Jharapada (3rd line) and Jharsuguda-Sambalpur (3rd and 4th line), the GM said.

The state government had earlier demanded Rs 5,870 crore for rail infrastructure development in Odisha.