Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed to complete the rail line works between Haridaspur and Kendrapara by September this year, asking the local MP and MLA to fully cooperate in the process.
The CM has taken a review meeting in this regard at state Secretariat here this afternoon and expressed his satisfaction over the progress of 47 km long rail line from Haridaspur to Kendrapara.
The 82-km Haridaspur-Paradip railway line will pass through Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts and is scheduled to be completed by December this year.
Besides, the Chief Minister has directed the Kendrapara district administration to uninterruptedly continue its all necessary works at all the patches of the rail line.
Patnaik also directed the Energy Department and OPTCL to complete the ongoing work of Kendrapara Power Sub-Station also by September in order to help in running of electric train from the very inaugural day after total completion of the rail line.
With this (railway connectivity), the long-cherished dreams of people in Kendrapara will be fulfilled, the CM added.
On Saturday, a rail tower car was successfully operated a trial run on the Haridaspur–Paradip rail route for the first time.
Sanctioned in 1996-97, the railway line is aimed at catering to the smooth movement of freight, export of finished products of steel plants and imported cooking coal from Paradip to the industries.
The then Railway Minister Nitish Kumar had laid foundation stone of the project on April 4, 1999 near Marshaghai in Kendrapara district.