21 January 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has shot a letter to the Union Railway Miniser Piyush Goyal requesting him to intervene in the pending Digha-Jaleswar Broad Gauge Rail Project project in Odisha which has been stalled for more than 7 years.
As stated in the letter, the Digha-Jaleswar Broad Gauge Rail Project (41 kms) was sanctioned by the Ministry of Railways during the year 2011-12. A length of 7 kms of this project passes through West Bengal while 34 kms of length passes through Balasore district in Odisha. It is learnt that the project has been kept on hold as land acquisition in West Bengal portion has not progressed.
Earlier, CM Patnaik had proposed a change in the alignment of the aforesaid Broad Gauge Railway line dated 13.06.2011 to the then Prime Minister. The proposed re-aligned line will pass through the State of Odisha touching various pilgrim and tourist spots like Bhusandheswar, Chandaneswar and Talsari-Udayapur Beach. Such a change of alignment will not only help in development of tourism but also aid in improving the socio-economic condition of the region.
The Odisha CM has also asked the minister to take an early decision to change the alignment so that the entire route may pass through the State of Odisha.
He has even assured full co-operation for land acquisition and all other necessary support that would be needed by Railways from Odisha.