The Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Tuesday approved the crucial 130-km Jeypore-Malkangiri railway project at a cost of Rs 2676.11 crore.
The project sanctioned in 2016-17 that would pass through the left wing extremism (LWE)-affected area is targeted to be commissioned by 2021-22. The 130-km long new line will put the tribal dominated Malkangiri district on railway map.
In October 2016, the state government and railways entered into an agreement according to which the state government will bear 25 per cent cost of the project and land as well.
The proposed new line will pass through Phampuni, Baipariguda, Tanginigurha, Nunkhari, Sindhigurha, Govinda Palli, Mathili, Pangam, Pondripani Road and Panchabati between Jeypore and Malkanagiri, said an official source.
It will connect Malkangiri, Boipariguda, Tanginiguda, Mathili, Pandripani Road and other major towns to Jeypore station on the existing Kottavalasa-Kirandul line. Further, connectivity to important towns like Koraput, Jeypore, Vizainagaram, Jagdalpur, Dantewada will also improve.
“The proposed would provide basic infrastructure support for overall development including the industrial growth of the area having large socio-economic ramifications. It will also help in combating the LWE menace through development,” Union railway minister Piyush Goyal told reporters after the cabinet meet. Read More
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