Union Budget 2018: Odisha gets Rs 5,252-crore for railway sector against its demand for 6,500 crore

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Odisha received a package of Rs 5,252 crore as against its demand for a package of Rs 6,500 crore in the Union budget 2018-19 for growth of railway sector in the State, informed State Commerce and Transport Minister Nursingha Sahu on Tuesday.

While the average allocation of the railways to Odisha in 2009-14 was Rs 838 crore, the allocation in the current year has seen a hike of 527 per cent with Rs 5,252 crore for the development of the railway sector in State, said the Railways Ministry.

As many as 36 railway projects costing Rs 43,751 crore for 4,750 km in length have already under execution in the State, the Railways Ministry tweeted.

Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on January 17 in a letter to Union railways minister Piyush Goyal had sought a package of Rs 6,500 crore in the Union budget  for the railways in Odisha.

Naveen in the letter had also urged Goyal to sanction six new links, including Berhampur-Phulbani-Sambalpur, Bargarh-Nuapada via Padampur, Bhadramchalam-Malkangiri, Talcher-Gopalpur, Gopalpur-Singapur Road new broad gauge line (via Padmapur, Ramanaguda, Bankili) and Lanjigarh-Talcher in the forthcoming budget.

The CM also demanded four short links connecting industrial, mining areas and ports. These include Talcher- Angul (17 km), Paradip-Dhamra (80 km), Champua-Anandpur-Jajpur (138 km) and Barsuan-Banspal-Badbil (58 km).

Besides, Naveen had also requested to set up a coach manufacturing unit at Satalapali in Ganjam for which the state government had already demarcated over 100 acres of land. He also demanded a concrete sleeper plants at Kantabanji and Bandamunda and railway asset maintenance units in Koraput-Balangir-Kalahandi districts.

The CM had also urged to initiate the East Coast dedicated freight corridor from Kharagpur to Viajaywada and East-West dedicated freight corridor from Jharsuguda to Bilaspur to ensure seamless movement of freight between the upcoming ports at Kirtania, Chudamani, Dhamra, Astarang and Gopalpur through his letter to Goyal.

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