Centre okays new broad gauge line for Nuapada-Gunupur railway section


Bhubaneswar: The Centre has cleared State Government’s plea on setting up a new broad gauge railway line for Nuapada-Gunupur section extending up to Thiruvalli  this fiscal’s budget.

About Rs 935.72 crore has been approved for this new line. The government has also allocated Rs 700 Crore for the incomplete Khurda-Bolangir railway project.

Besides, Rs 200 crore for Angul-Sukinda and another Rs 200 crore for Paradip-Haridaspur railway line have also been approved by the Union Railway Ministry.

A freight train maintenance facility at Sambalpur’s Maneswar has also been approved by the government which will be constructed with a budget allocation of Rs 49.16 crore. The Centre has allocated Rs 186.37 crore for Electric loco POH workshop at Kalahandi.

Similarly Rs 5 crore has been allocated for Lanjigarh Road-Junagarh railway project and Rs 79 crore for Jeypore-Malkangiri railway project has also been approved.

Talcher-Bimlagarh railway project and Jeypore-Nabarangpur railway line has also been approved with Rs 250 crore budgetary allocation.

Notably, the state has been allocated Rs 5,102 crore for development of railways as against its demand of Rs 5,870 crore.

The allocation for Odisha includes portions under East Coast Railway, South East Railway, South East Central Railways jurisdictions.

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