Date Of Post: 18 Jan, 2018
Bhubaneswar: Odisha government placed a demand of Rs 6,500 crore before the Centre for railway infrastructure development in the 2018-19 budget.
The Demand 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 services
- Establishment of rail-based industries
- Multi modal logistic parks
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Letter To The Railway Minister-
- Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal,”I enclose herewith a detailed proposal of about Rs 6,500 crore for the state of Odisha for your consideration and inclusion in Budget 2018-19.”
- Odisha generates an annual revenue for Indian Railways in excess of Rs 15,000 crore, Patnaik said.
- Patnaik said in the letter,”I request you to sanction these important new lines in the forthcoming Budget, which can bring prosperity along with connectivity to the needy areas. Apart from these, I have proposed to bear 50 per cent of the construction and land cost for a line connecting Puri-Konark, the most important section of the state and a popular international destination.”
- The chief Minister also iterated the state’s demand of running a new train by the name of ‘Bakshi Jagabandhu Express’ in honour of front line freedom fighter Bakshi Jagabadhu Bidyadhar Mohapatra.
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- Talcher-Angul, Paradi-Dhamra, Champua-Anandapur-Jajpur & Barsuan-Bansapal-Badbil lines need immediate sanction in order to ensure seamless flow of traffic and easier access between industrial and mining areas and ports, the letter said.
- The state govenrment is fully committed to provide all necessary support to the Railways ministry for expeditious execution of different prorjects in the state, the chief minister said.
- Patnaik said in the letter,”I am hopeful that our proposals pertaining to Railways will be given due considertion in the Budget 2018-19, thereby fulfilling the rightful aspirations of my state and its people.”
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