BHUBANESWAR, FEB 4, 2021
The Union Government has allocated Rs 6,995.58 crore to Odisha for financial year 2021-22 for various railway projects in the state. registering an increase of over 60 per cent against last year’s budgetary allocation of Rs 4,373 crore, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) said today.
“Allotment has been significant for projects to be completed in 2021-22. Funding is to ensure that no progress is hindered for lack of funds. There has been a significant increase in outlay for passenger amenities, and road safety works,” the ECoR said.
The Khurdha Road-Bolangir railway project has been allocated Rs 1,000.50 crore this time as against Rs 520 crore in the last year.
An amount of Rs 400 crore has been allocated to Angul-Sukinda road railway project while Rs 100 crore has been allocated for Haridaspur-Pradip railway project.
The allocation for doubling projects such as Bansapani-Daitari-Tomka-Jakhapura is Rs 228 crore, Brundamal-Jharsuguda Flyover gets Rs 20 crore, Budhapank-Salagaon gets Rs 215 crore, Rourkela-Jharsuguda third line gets Rs 230 crore, and Narayangarh-Bhadrak third line gets Rs 225 crore.
A quantum jump has been given to passenger amenities from Rs 129 crore to Rs 429 crore. To eliminate level crossings, Rs 400 crore has been sanctioned as against Rs 324 crore last year.
Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the Haridaspur-Pradip railway line would be functional soon. He also urged the state government to resolve land acquisition issues creating problems in expansion of railway lines in Sonepur, Boudh and Kandhamal districts.