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No Funds Crunch For Completion Of Rail Lines If State Provides Land


12 February 2020

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly Speaker and Chairman of the House Committee on Railways Surjya Narayan Patro today informed that the Centre has no problems in allocating funds for ongoing railway line projects in the State provided the State government provides land for completion of these.

Patro said that Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has given him a specific list of railway line projects in the State which have been held up over the non-allocation of land.

"I have assured him that after reaching Bhubaneswar I will discuss with the Chief Minister and the concerned department for which railway line project we can provide land in full on a priority basis," stated Patro here today speaking to reporters.

He pointed out that as per the agreement the State government has already provided land worth Rs 5,000 crore.  

Patro as Chairman of the House Committee on Railways accompanied by members of the panel and MPs from Odisha had met the Railways Minister to submit a memorandum on the concerns of the State vis-a-vis allocations made for the State in the Union Rail budget.

He stated that the Union Minister's response was very positive.

Patro further informed that on the demand for modernization ten railway stations, the Union Minister ordered departmental officers to immediately ink memorandum of understanding (MoUs) for the same under Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.

He said the meeting with the Railways Minister lasted for about two hours.

Surjya Narayan Patro, Chairman, House Committee