New Delhi: The Union Cabinet today approved 130 Km long Jeypore-Malkangiri new railway line project at a completion cost of Rs. 2676.11 crore.
The project will cover the districts of Koraput and Malkangiri in Odisha and is likely to be completed by 2021-22.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the project on Tuesday when the state politics has raised the pick ahead of Bijepur by-poll with three major political parties busy in wooing voters.
The proposed new line will connect Malkangiri, Boipariguda, Tanginiguda, Mathili, Pondripani Road and other major towns to Jeypore station on the existing Kottavalasa-Kirandul line.
Notably, Malkangiri and Koraput districts are among the identified left wing extremism affected districts in the country.