State’s failure in providing land hinders rail projects in Odisha: Sinha

Bhubaneswar: The Centre has already sanctioned Rs 27,000 crore to Odisha for the development of railway in the region. But the State government has failed to expedite the development process, Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said.

In many projects, the State government is yet to to provide required lands, which has posed a major hindrance in expediting the new railway projects in Odisha.

Speaking on the bifurcation of Weltier division, he said the Centre had announced earlier in 2014 for a new zone under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.

There will be also a new zone in Odisha at Rayagada. The minister assured that not a inch of railway line would be given to other state.

Notably, ruling BJD in Odisha has protesting the bifurcation move of the Centre for last two days. Today, the youth activists of BJD led by MLA Sanjay Das Burma to protested Sinha’s event at Railway auditorium. They staged demonstration in front of the main gate, forcing the union minister to enter the hall through another gate.

Due to the bifurcation, the South Coast Railway (SCoR) splits the Waltair division into two; one to be incorporated in the new zone by merging with the neighboring Vijayawada division, and the other to be converted into a new division with headquarters at Rayagada in Odisha under East Coast Railway (ECoR).

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