Maharashtra okays Rs.234 Crore for Wadsa Desaiganj-Gadchiroli rail line project

Nagpur (NGP): The state cabinet on Tuesday cleared a proposal to provide Rs.234.64 crore for the Wadsa Desaiganj – Gadchiroli rail line project, which will provide connectivity to the most backward district of the state and Naxalite affected district in Vidarbha. This will be 50% of the project cost as state’s contribution while the railways will chip in with the other half.

The Rs.469.27 crore project to lay 52.86km rail line is expected to be completed in next five years. As per the state’s policy, it was decided to share 40 to 50% of the project cost so that the railway link is provided on priority. Gadchiroli is not only the most neglected district, but lack of employment opportunities have made it a haven for Naxalites.

The district has rich and untapped iron reserves. Folklore has it that the Tatas wanted to set up the country’s first steel plant there but were turned away as it lacked rail connectivity. Later, they went to Tatanagar from where the empire grew.

Among the important decisions taken in the cabinet meeting was approval to the Maharashtra IT and Allied Services Policy 2015. Under this, a target of generating a million jobs and boosting exports to Rs1 lakh crore has been fixed. The cabinet also cleared regularization of services of 699 temporary employees (class IV) of government medical colleges and hospitals subject to completion of ten years of service on March 31, 2007. For this, Rs1.10 crore has been sanctioned.

Setting up of a national cyclone risk mitigation project with the support of World Bank has also been approved. For this Rs84 crore would be provided over a period of five years.