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Khurda-Balangir rail line in 2 years after Odisha allots land: Dharmendra Pradhan

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June 9, 2018 at 5:09 am Leave a comment

Khurda road-Balangir rail project likely to be delayed further

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March 11, 2018 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

Khurda Road-Balangir rail line project gets Rs 625 crore allocation

Following is a report from the TOI:

BHUBANESWAR: The Centre has sanctioned the highest allocation of Rs 625 crore to Khurda Road-Balangir (289 km) new line project in the Union Budget 2018. It is one of the oldest and important projects of the state which will connect western Odisha with coastal part of the state.

The project was sanctioned in 1996-97, but the railway has completed only 66 km between Khurda Road and Nayagarh stations from Khurda Road side. It has not completed the first patch of 19 km from Balangir side. It has set a target to complete the project by March 2021. The state government has formed a joint venture with the Ministry of Railways to carry out the project.

On delay of the project, Umesh Singh, general manager of the East Coast Railway (ECoR), said a four-km patch of forest land between Nayagarh and Nuagaon has created problem in progress of the project. “We will solve this forest land issue with the state government and complete the work in the section soon,” he added.

Besides this, state has five other important projects include- Paradip-Haridaspur new line, Angul-Sukinda new line, Talcher-Bimalagarh new line, and doubling of two railway lines- Sambalpur-Titlagarh and Sambalpur-Talcher.

Angul-Sukinda new line (113 km) was sanctioned in 1997-98, but it is yet to be completed. A total of 38 per cent of the project is completed. Though the state government has formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV) with Rail Vikash Nigam Limited (RVNL), Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) and Jindal Steel Power Limited to carry out the project with a cost of Rs 1750 crore, it will still take one more years to complete the project by June 2019. This year, the Angul-Sukinda project got Rs 200 crore like last year.

Another old and significant project is Paradip-Haridaspur new line (82km) which was sanctioned in 1996-97 got Rs 200 crore like last year. Only 80 per cent of the work has been completed till date. Railways sources said the project will be completed by June this year. Keeping the project delay in mind, the government has formed a SPV with the Railways.

February 15, 2018 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

Update on Khordha-Balangir rail link

Following is a report from the TNIE:

BHUBANESWAR: Expressing displeasure over the “tardy” progress of the Rajsunakhala-Bolagada section of the Khordha-Bolangir rail line, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked transport department to ensure that Nayagarh town is connected by March next year.

At a high level meeting here, Patnaik expressed his displeasure while reviewing the progress of Rajsunakhala- Bolagarh section which had earlier been targeted to be completed by June, 2016.

Stating that the rail link was of great importance to the state, Patnaik directed the officials to complete land acquisition, obtain clearance from the Forest and Environment Ministry at the earliest to expedite the project.

He also directed the officials to ensure rail connectivity to Sonepur by expediting the work being undertaken from Balangir side.

The Chief Minister asserted that the state government was providing all cooperation for the rail projects and expects its timely completion.

He lauded the land acquisition process in Nayagarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Subarnpur districts and directed the revenue department officials to keep constant track in that regard.

The state government has promised 50 per cent of the expenditures to be incurred for the Khurda-Bolangir project besides providing land free of cost for the 289 km rail link.

So far land for 109 km has been transferred to the railways for the project.

Talking to mediapersons after the meeting, Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi said, “As per the directive of the Chief Minister, the work started from Bolangir side last December.

The target is to complete the 16-km railway line work by 2018.”

The survey work for the Khurda-Bolangir rail project was done way back in 1945. It had a budget of Rs 1,100 crore.

The project is expected to benefit five districts Nayagarh, Khurda, Boudh, Sonepur and Bolangir

July 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm 1 comment

Naveen to ECR: Speed up Khurda-Balangir line

Following is a report from the TNIE:

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday asked the East Coast Railways (ECR) to expedite submission of forest diversion proposal to start construction of railway track of Khurda-Balangir project from Balangir side by December-end.

Though the project was sanctioned more than 20 years back in 1994-95, only 41.5 km of the project has been completed till now. The Khurda-Balangir line, which has been a politically sensitive project given the inordinate delay in its completion, was originally estimated at Rs1,000 crore. However, the project was delayed because of low budgetary provisions and issues of land acquisition. The project cost has now gone up to Rs2000 crore.

The survey work of Khurda-Balangir railway line was done before Independence in 1945. But the project got Central approval in 1994-95. However, work on the infrastructure project was started in 2007.

The Chief Minister, who reviewed the progress of the project, asked Railway officials to take up 90 km project work as the State Government has already handed over the required land. Official sources said the Government has identified land for construction of project work upto 19 km from Balangir side and paid Rs8 crore to ECR.

The Chief Minister asked the Revenue and Commerce and Transport Departments to work in coordination to complete the process of land acquisition.

Of the total 289-km project, construction work in 41.5 km has been completed upto Rajsunakhala from Khurda. So far, two up and down passenger trains are plying from Khurda to Rajsunakhala.

Work from Rajsunakhala to Bolagarh and Nayagarh is underway.

Besides, construction work upto Bolagarh and Nayagarh will start by June next year and by 2017 respectively. Construction work is also going at different stages from Daspalla to Balangir.

The State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Railways on July 20 this year to undertake some projects on a cost sharing basis.

As per the MoU, the State Government would bear the total cost towards land acquisition and 50 per cent of the total project cost which is estimated at Rs2000 crore for the Khurda-Balangir railway line.

November 24, 2015 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

Odisha-Centre MoU on Khurda Road-Balangir rail project

Following report is from TOI:

BHUBANESWAR: The much-awaited Khurda Road-Balangir railway project is expected to get a fresh lease of life as the state government will be signing an MoU with the railway ministry on July 20 for the completion of the project in a time bound manner, official sources said.

The 289-km rail project, to course through some of the backward districts of the state, was sanctioned by the Centre in 1994-95.

The inordinate delay is mainly ascribed to problems over land acquisition. So far, work has been completed only on 32 km (Khurda Road to Begunia) which is scheduled to be inaugurated by Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu in the presence of chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

The Union minister will also inaugurate station buildings of Begunia and Khurda Town by remote control and flag off the passenger train, railway sources said.

For speedy completion of the project, the state government has offered to provide free land on the Daspalla-Bolangir stretch (112-289 km) for this crucial rail link and agreed to bear 50% of the project cost.

This rail project was sanctioned in 1994-95 at an estimated cost of Rs 1,000 crore. Due to delay, the cost of the project has now gone up to Rs 2,000 crore.

“The cost overrun has been due to a steep rise in input costs like steel and cement.

The Railway Budget for 2015-16 had allocated Rs 195 crore for this project,” said an officer.

The state government has already handed over private land of 1,095.91 acre to the railway authorities. The whole project needs 5,021 acre of land, sources said. “We hope the MoU will help speed up the project,” said transport and commerce minister Ramesh Majhi.

According to sources, the state government is going to propose to the railway ministry to be partners in a number of other railway projects which has been hanging fire for the past several decades.

Other pending railway projects include the Haridaspur-Paradeep special purpose vehicle (SPV) project (82 km, sanctioned in 1995-96), Anugul-Duburi-Sukinda SPV Project (90 km, sanctioned in 1997-98), Talcher-Bimlagarh (154 km, sanctioned in 2004-05) and Jaleswar-Digha (40 km, sanctioned in 2010-11).

To ensure rail connectivity in tribe-dominated districts, the state government has announced it would bear 50% of the construction cost along with free land for the Jeypore-Nabarangpur line and 25% of the construction cost for the Jeypore-Malkangiri line for creating railway infrastructure.

July 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

Land hurdle continues to delay Khurda-Balangir railway line

Following is a report from TNIE:

BOUDH: The successful trial run of trains in a stretch of 32-km on Khurda Road-Balangir line on August 31 last year had raised hopes of completion of the project soon. But, the project continues to hang fire with land acquisition posing as a major hurdle.

The railway line which will pass through Khurda, Nayagarh, Boudh, Sonepur and Balangir districts would require construction of 11 tunnels measuring 6.3 km, around 435 bridges including a 660-metre bridge over river Tel besides culverts and other constructions.

Though the State Government had assured the Centre of providing the land free of cost, the acquisition process for the 289-km rail line has hit a road block.

As yet, only land for laying train tracks on 22 kms has been acquired in Balangir district while not a single inch of land has been acquired in Boudh district which has a lion’s share of 122 kms. However, in neighbouring Nayagarh district, land has been acquired from Raj Sunakhala to Nayagarh.

After connecting Khurda Road with Begunia in the first phase, work on the 46-km stretch to Raj Sunakhala was to be completed by March 31 this year and the 66-km stretch till Nayagarh has 2015-16 financial year deadline. But meeting the deadline now seems to be remote considering the slow pace of work.

As per official reports, the budget of the project which was estimated at `4.98 crore after the initial survey has shot up to a staggering `2,000 crore as it witnessed low budgetary provisions in Central Budgets and issues of land acquisition.

The rail link was first surveyed in 1945 by the then Bengal-Nagpur Railway (BNR) administration which found the route important as it connected most backward undivided districts of Balangir, Kalahandi, Koraput and Phulbani with Bhubaneswar. Smaller towns such as Daspalla, Banigochha, Manipur and Boudh were also part of the line.

June 14, 2015 at 4:20 am 2 comments

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