Odisha demands Rs 7,200 crore for railway projects

New Delhi: The House Committee of the Odisha Legislative Assembly met Railways Minister Piyush Goyal at Rail Bhavan here last evening and submitted a memorandum demanding allocation of over Rs 7,200 crore in 2020-21 budget for railway projects in the state.

Led by Odisha Legislative Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro, the committee also demanded sanctioning of new railway projects and modernisation of railway stations in the state. Referring to the commitment of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to provide land free of cost for projects, the delegation proposed sanctioning of 10 new railway lines and four short links for better connectivity.

The panel expressed concern over reduction in budgetary allocation for railway projects in the state and sought modernisation of 11 railway stations, including Bhubaneswar railway station. It also demanded introduction of 23 express/superfast trains, 13 intercity express trains, eight passenger trains, extension of trains in 26 routes and introduction of MEMU/DEMU services in seven stations.

The Railways Minister advised Odisha Government to resolve issues regarding land acquisition which is delaying implementation of several projects.

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