Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today sought Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal’s intervention to change the route alignment of Balasore-Digha broad gauge rail project, which has been stalled since the last seven years.
In a letter to the Union Railway Minister, Naveen wrote, “The Digha-Jaleswar Broad Gauge Rail Project (41 kms) was sanctioned by the Ministry of Railways during the year 2011-12. A length of 7 kms of this project passes through West Bengal while 34 kms of length passes through Balasore district in Odisha. It is learnt that the project has been kept on hold as land acquisition in West Bengal portion has not progressed.”
The Odisha CM also stated that he had proposed a change in the alignment of the aforesaid Broad Gauge Railway line (D.O. No. UM-1/2011-123/CM) dated 13.06.2011 to the then Prime Minister.
“The proposed realigned line will pass through the State of Odisha touching various pilgrim and tourist spots like Bhusandheswar, Chandaneswar and Talsari-Udayapur Beach. Such a change of alignment will not only help in development of tourism but will also aid in improving the socio-economic condition of the region.” Naveen added.
Patnaik also asked the Union Minister to take an early decision to change the alignment so that the entire route may pass through the State of Odisha. “I assure you of full co-operation for land acquisition and all other necessary support that would be needed by Railways from my State,” the Chief Minister concluded.