BHUBANESWAR: An amount of Rs 49.16 Crore has been allocated by the Center for development of the Freight Train Maintenance Facility (RoH Depot) at Maneswar under Sambalpur Division of East Coast Railway. This goods train maintenance workshop will be established at an estimated cost of Rs 49.16 crore. Only Rs 1 lakh as token amount has been sanctioned for the project.
The railways had faced widespread criticism and protests from people of the state for shifting the proposed wagon maintenance workshop in Kalahandi district to Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh. Even chief minister Naveen Patnaik had taken up the issue with railway minister Suresh Prabhu to give an alternative project to the state.
However the railways has not sanctioned any amount for the Sitalapalli wagon factory project in Ganjam district. Though the project doesn’t get any amount this year, it is alive, said East Coast Railway (ECoR) general manager Umesh Sharma here.
This time Odisha got five new rail lines in the budget. These are extension of Naupada-Gunupur (79.15 km) new line up to Therubali, a link line between Dumitra station and Bisra station (2.3 km) under south eastern railway (SER), Gopalpur-Singapur Road (155.5 km), Talcher-Gopalpur (220 km) and Badampahar-Bangiriposi(45 km). First two lines will be constructed with railway funding while the last three lines will be constructed in joint venture between the state government and the railways.