Odisha Chief Secretary reviews 7 rail projects, directs ground-level follow up


Bhubaneswar, December 12: Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy has reviewed the progress of seven railway projects directed concerned departments and the project proponents to ensure strict ground-level follow up of the ‘work schedule’ till completion and commissioning of the projects, said an official release.

According to a statement issued by the Chief Secretary’s office, Tripathy reviewed the progress the problems relating to ground level implementation in a high level meeting held through digital mode from Lokseva Bhawan recently wherein Special Secretary Commerce and Transport and Commissioner Railway Coordination, Manoj Mishra presented the updates for discussion.

Concerned district Collectors and Tehasildars were directed to give advance possession of the Government land for uninterrupted progress of the construction of the projects.

Tripathy also set timeline for different phases of the projects.

“Since the projects are critical from the view points of coal evacuation, passenger traffic and trade infrastructure, all the related field level officers should be on alert and proactive mode,” said Tripathy.

The projects reviewed included Khurda-Bolangir new broad gauge rail line of 289 km estimated around Rs 3,550 crore; Sambalpur-Talcher doubling rail link of 174.11 km estimated around Rs 679.27 creoe; Vizianagaram-Sambalpur ( Titilagarh) 3rd line  of 264.6 km estimated around Rs 2,575 crore; Budhapank-Salegaon 3rd and 4th rail line of 170 km  estimated around Rs 1,173 crore; Rourkela-Jharsuguda 3rd new rail link of 101 km estimated around Rs 1,173 crore; Angul-Sukinda new line of 98.7 km estimated around Rs 638.5 crore and Talcher- Bimilagarh new  rail link line of 155 km estimated around Rs 810.78 crore.

The issues relating to distribution of compensation award to the land owners, handing over the possession of the Government land, forest clearances, compensatory afforestation, setting up of the towers, shifting of utilities, wild life clearances etc were deliberated and resolved in the meeting.

Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary (Forest and Environment) Dr Mona Sharma, Commerce and Transport Principal Secretary Madhu Sudan Padhi, Home Department Principal Secretary Sanjiv Chopra, East Coast Railway Chief Administrative Officer DP Lal and Chief Engineer along with senior officers of RVNL and concerned departments participated in the discussions.

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