Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed the concerned authorities to expedite the land acquisition process and other works for rail projects in the state. He said this while reviewing the status of railway projects in the state.
CM asked the officials to start work for important projects for which land has been acquired. The review meeting held at secretariat revealed that the state generates about Rs 14,000 crore towards revenue from railway sector every year, which accounts for 13 per cent of the total revenue generated by the railway in the country.
However, the state has only railway lines with a span of only 25,00 km, which is 3.8 percent of the total railway lines across the country. While the rail density in the country is 19km/1000 sqkm, it is 15.03/1000sqkm. It was learnt from the review meeting that the 289 km long Khordh-Balngir rail project has been estimated at Rs 2000 crore. The land acquisition for the project has been completed except two patches—36km Khordha-Begunia and Begunia-Nayagarh. Decision was taken to start work on priority basis upto 112 km of the project.
Land acquisition for the 82-km long HaridaspurParadip rail project estimated at Rs 1559 crore has been completed. It construction work will start from June and will be finished within 3 to four months. The pending work of the 56-km long Lanjigarh-Junagarh rail project estimated at Rs 228 crore will be completed soon.
There was discussion on the railway projects like Talcher-Bimalagarh, Jharsuguda-Shergarh, Digha-Jaleswar, Delang-Puri, Khordha-Barang, CuttackBarang and other projects. It was revealed that work on 15 railway over bridge is going on while work for 15 others will be executed on PPP mode.