Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Thursday the state generates an annual revenue of over Rs 15,000 crore for Indian Railway and sought a Rs 5,870 crore package for development of railway infrastructure in the state.”For the forthcoming Budget 2017-18, I have proposed a package on railways for Odisha for your consideration and I reiterate that this package will help both the state and the Indian Railway in furthering their goals of economic and social justice. The package is of Rs 5,870 crore,” Patnaik said in a letter to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
He said the package includes detailed proposals for ongoing projects, sanctioning of new lines, station modernisation, introduction of new trains, extension of existing trains, improved passenger amenities at stations, on board service, establishment of rail-based industries, multi-modal logistics park and others.Seeking the Centre’s support to provide rail facilities to people in backward regions of the state, he demanded rail connectivity from Gopalpur to Singapur Road BG Line (via Padampur, Ramnaguda, Bakili), Bhadrachalam to Bimlagarh, Bargarh to Nuapada via Padampur and Talcher to Gopalpur.
The proposed rail links will traverse through the unconnected and backward districts which are full of natural resources, Patnaik said, adding they would also facilitate mineral movement by establishing linkage with southern Odisha and provide shorter connectivity to Gopalpur port.”I request you to sanction these critical new lines in the forthcoming Budget, which can bring prosperity along with connectivity to the needy areas,” the letter said. Read More…
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