Bhubaneswar, February 4: A total of Rs 6995.58 crore has been allocated to Odisha for various railway projects in the State this year which is 60% more than the last year’s outlay of Rs 4373 crore, said an official release.
According to a Ministry of Railways communiqué, allotment has been significant for projects to be completed in 2020-21.
Khurda Road-Balangir project has been allotted with Rs 1000.50 crore against 520 crore last year, an increase of 92.4%. Funding for doubling projects especially, Bansapani-Daitari-Tomka-Jakhapura stands at Rs 228 crore against Rs 80 crore last year, an increase of 185%, Brundamal-Jharsuguda Fly Over (Rs 20 crore against Rs 10 crore last year), Bhadrak-Nergundi 3rd Line (Rs 229 crore against Rs 102 crore last year), Budhapank-Salagaon (Rs 215 crore against Rs 205 crore last year), Rourkela-Jharsuguda 3rd Line (Rs 230 crore as against Rs 170 crore an increase of 35%), Narayangarh-Bhadrak 3rd Line (Rs 225 crore as against rs 50 crore an increase of 350%), the ECoR said.
A quantum jump has been given to passenger amenities from Rs 129 crore to Rs 429 crore. To eliminate level crossings of LC Gates Rs 400 crore has been sanctioned as against Rs 324 crore last year, it added.
Similarly, total budget outlay for development of infrastructure and safety related works for Odisha is Rs 5528 crore for 2021-22, which does not include many other projects and estimates as they are not significant enough for mention at ministry level; but for ECoR and Odisha, these are important development works.
Accordingly, the funding for Odisha in 2021-22 under all plan heads combined is Rs 6995.58 crore.