Odisha has got a whopping allocation of Rs 4,682 crore in the Railway budget 2016-17 presented by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday. The allocation is 30% more than the previous allocation.
While five new railway lines will be laid in the state, WiFi system will be installed at Bhubaneswar railway station by March 31. The five newly proposed routes are Jeypore-Malkangiri, Jeypore-Nabarangpur, Banshapani-Barbil, Berhampur-Sambalpur and Gandamunda-Rourkela.
Centre grants Rs 120 cr for Khurda-Balangir project. Odisha will contribute Rs 120 cr in Rail Budget. Project work for rail connectivity to Paradip port is being undertaken in Rail Budget. MoUs inked to form JVs with 17 states including Odisha to undertake railway projs get in-principle nod in Rail Budget. Facilities for pilgrims will be improved & enhanced at 18 stations including Puri, 12.87 crore for Daitari – Banspani route, 5.21 crore for Lanjigarh – Junagarh route, 200 crore for Haridaspur – Paradip route and 150 crore for Talcher – Bimlagarh, Rs 150cr Angul-Sukinda railway route.
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Notably, the Odisha government had demanded an allocation of Rs 5000 crore for the state in the Rail budget. While the Congress led-UPA Government had allocated Rs 1424.98 crore to Odisha in the 2014-Rail budget, the BJP led-NDA Government, after coming to power in the Centre, had sanctioned Rs 2548 crore for Odisha in the 2015-Rail budget. This year’s allocation to the state in the Rail budget is the highest-ever allocation.