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Odisha Gets Rs 5,252 Cr Against Its Rs 6.500 Cr Railways Budgetary Allocation Demand

06 February 2018


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Bhubaneswar: As all were agog to know about the budgetary allocation for Odisha in the Union Budget for 2018-19 even though Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley laid it in the Lok Sabha on February 1 last week, the Ministry of Railways on Tuesday (January 5) made it public about the amount on its official twitter.

As evident from the Ministry’s official twitter handle, Odisha has been granted Rs 5,252 crore budgetary allocation for railways in 2018-19 against its demand of Rs 6,500 crore as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had written to Railways Minister Piyush Goyal much prior to the budgetary allocation and presentation of the Railway Budget merged with the General Budget.

East Coast Railway (ECoR) General Manager Umesh Kumar Singh briefed mediapersons on Tuesday on provisions of fund allocation for different projects.

Highlights of the Railway Budget Allocated for East Coast Railway

A total of Rs 1933.60 crore has been allocated to East Coast Railway for 'New Works' in the Pink Book for 2018-19. This includes: • Rs 215 crore for provision of crossing station, connectivity from coaching complex to station, additional loop and extension of loop. • Rs 100 crore for improvement of stations. • Rs 300 crore for construction of Foot Over Bridges & HL Platforms • Rs 764.81 crore for 60 track works.

Budgetary Allocation for ongoing New Line projects: • Rs 200 crore for Angul-Sukinda Road New Line • Rs 200 crore for Haridaspur-Paradip New Line • Rs 625 crore for Khurda Road-Bolangir New Line • Rs 300 crore for Talcher-Bimalgarh New Line

Budgetary Allocation for Line Doubling: • Rs 220 crore for Sambalpur-Talcher line • Rs 379 crore for Vizainagaram-Sambalpur 3rd Line • Rs 220 crore for Budhapank-Salegaon 3rd and 4th Line • Rs 110 crore for Koraput-Singapore Road Line

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Nrusingh Charan Sahu, Minister, Transport, Odisha

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Umesh Kumar Singh, General Manager, East Coast Railway