Odisha Allocated ₹4,373 Crores In Rail Budget

The Centre has reduced Odisha’s budgetary allocation for Railways, from ₹5,993 crores last year to a sum of ₹4,373 crores this year, as revealed by data presented by the East Coast Railway (ECoR). The state had made a formal request for a net grant of around ₹6,000 crores for further development and expansion of the railway network in the state.

The allocation was on an increasing trend since 2015-16. The state had received ₹3,712 crores in 2015-16, ₹4,682 crores in 2016-17, ₹5102 crores in 2017-18, and ₹5252 crores in 2018-19.

“Last year, National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) ₹1400 crores in railway project connecting Jharsuguda-Baripali rail corridor and total project funds for Odisha was ₹5,993 crores. This amount of ₹1400 crores in not included this year as the project got commissioned last year. There is no investment in this by NTPC or any other such project this year as the work is completed.”

An ECoR statement said

One of the important old projects, Khurda Road-Bolangir (289 kilometres) new line got ₹520 crores against ₹350 crores that was granted last year. A new project to establish rail links between Sambalpur and Gopalpur has been initiated, with a token amount of ₹1 lakh. A wagon repair workshop at Maneswar in Sambalpur has also been authorized ₹20 crores as part of the budget.

Except for the Sambalpur-Gopalpur line, the Centre has not sanctioned any other line. The state had asked for rail routes between Puri-Konark, Jajpur-Dhamra, Bargarh-Nuapada, and rail lines in Mayurbhanj.

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