Bhubaneswar: East Coast Railway (ECoR) has invited tender for a major bridge on Tel river as part of the 289-km Khurda Road-Balangir new line project, it said. The rail line project, seeks to connect western Odisha with coastal parts of the state via Khurda, Nayagarh, Boudh, Sonepur and Balangir districts.
The proposed bridge over the Tel river, will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 23 crore.
An ECoR statement said, it is the longest bridge of the new line project.
It is proposed to provide 17 spans of 45.70 m each during the construction of the bridge, the statement said.
Rs 350 crore has been allocated in the interim budget this year for the Khurda Road-Balangir new rail line project.
Around 66 km between Khurda Road and Nayagarh stations from Khurda Road side has been commissioned and the first stretch of 15 km from Balangir side has been completed.
Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off a train from Balangir side on the Balangir-Bichhupali route which would connect Bichhupali to Jharsuguda and Vizianagaram main line through Balangir.
The state government has formed a JV (Joint Venture) with the Ministry of Railways to carry out the project.
Sources said that the project is proposed to be completed by May 2021.
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