No time-frame can be given for completion of Khurda-Bolangir rly project: Piyush Goyal

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New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday said that no confirmed time-frame can be given for completion of Khurda Road-Bolangir New Line project.

Replying to question of BJD MP Achyutananda Samanta that why there has been an inordinate delay in completion of the railway project work from Khurda to Bolangir, Goyal said in the Lok Sabha that the timely completion of any Railway project depends on various factors.

“Various factors like quick land acquisition, forest clearance, shifting of infringing utilities, statutory clearances, geological and topographical conditions, law and order situation in the project site, among others are responsible for timely completion of any railway project,” Goyal said.

“Since complete land including forest clearances has not been handed over to Railway, no confirmed time-frame can be given for completion of Khurda -Bolangir project at this stage,” he added.

The Railway Minister further said to ensure that projects are completed even before time, Railway has adopted the concept of incentives to the contractor in the form of bonus clause in contracts which will further enhance the pace of execution of projects.

Khurda Road-Bolangir New Line was sanctioned in 1994- 95. The total length of the project is 289 km. and the sanctioned cost of the project is Rs 3798.80 crore. So far Khurda Road-Nayagarh Town (65.38 Km) and Bolangir-Bhainsapalli (14.58 km) sections of the project have been completed and commissioned.

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