Odisha CM Puts Forth Rs 6500 Cr Proposal On Railways For Inclusion In Union Budget 2018-19

17 January 2018

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo

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Bhubaneswar: As proposals on Railways are being planned for presentation shortly as a part of the General Budget 2018-19, Odisha Chief Minister on Wednesday (January 17, 2018) despatched a letter to Union Railways Minister enclosing a detailed proposal of about Rs 6500 crores for the State of Odisha for kind consideration and inclusion in the forthcoming General Budget.

“I reassure you that my Government is fully committed to provide all necessary support to the Ministry of Railways for expeditous execution of different projects in the State. I am hopeful that our proposals pertaining to Railways will be given due consideration in the Budget 2018-19, thereby fulfilling the rightful aspirations of my State and its people,” Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik mentions in his letter to Railways Minister Piyush Goyal.

Wishing Goyal the very best as it will be his first budget in the capacity of Minister of Railways, Naveen Patnaik states, “I would like to highlight that Odisha generates an annual revenue for Indian Railways in excess of Rs 15,000 crores and yet the average route length, with a rail density (16.0) in the State is much less than the national average (20.0), and even considerably lower in comparison to adjoining States (West Bengal: 43.4 and Jharkhand: 24.3).”

Proposing for introduction of a new train by the name “Bakshi Jagabandhu Express”, the Odisha Chief Minister states, “As you are aware, 2017 was the bi-centenary year of the Paika Rebellion led by Bakshi Jagabandhu Bidyadhar Mohapatra, a frontline freedom fighter of the State. To commemorate his sacrifice for the nation, a new train by the name Bakshi Jagabandhu Express from Khurda to Mumbai may be introduced.”

The Odisha CM also urges for initiating the ‘East Coast dedicated freight corridor’ from Kharagpur to Vijaywada and ‘East-West dedicated freight corridor’ from Jharsuguda to Bilaspur to ensure seamless movement of freight between the upcoming ports (Kirtania, Chudamani, Dhamra, Astarang and Gopalpur) on the Odisha coast including the major port at Paradip and the vast northern and central hinterlands of India.

“Though both these DFCs have been announced in the Railway Budget of 2016-17, no further has been initiated yet,” points out the Odisha CM in his letter to the Railways Minister.

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