Odisha seeks realignment of Balasore-Digha broad gauge rail project

Odisha seeks realignment of Balasore-Digha broad gauge rail project

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Date of post: 22 Jan, 2019

The Odisha government on Monday wrote to the Centre seeking change in route alignment of the Balasore-Digha broad gauge rail project. The project, sanctioned in 2011, has not kicked off yet due of land acquisition issues in neighbouring West Bengal, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.

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  • Of the 41 km long stretch, 7 km is set to run through West Bengal and the rest through Odisha.
  • In his letter to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Patnaik assured him that the state will provide necessary support for acquiring land if the proposal is approved.
  • The Chief Minister said,”As this important project in Odisha has been stalled for more than seven years, I would request you to kindly intervene into the matter and take an early decision to change the alignment so that the route may entirely pass through Odisha.”
  • Patnaik also reminded Goyal that he had written to the Prime Minister, too, on a previous occasion with the same request.
  • In 2011, in a communication to the then Prime Minister, the CM had proposed that the route pass through Odisha, touching pilgrim and tourist sites such as Bhusandeswar, Chandaneswar and Talsari-Udayapur beach, before entering Digha in Bengal.
  • He had added that the alignment will not just help in boosting tourism but aid in improving socio-economic condition of the region.

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