Bolangir: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a slew of projects worth Rs 1,550 crore during his visit to Bolangir district on Tuesday.
PM Modi inaugurated the renovation and restoration works at Nilamdhaba and Siddheswar Temple in Gandhaharadi (Boudh), Ranipur-Jharial group of monuments in Bolangir and Paschim-Somnath group of temples in Boudh, under projects of Ministry of Culture. He also inaugurated the renovation and restoration works at Asurgarh Fort in Kalahandi.
Under Railways projects, the Prime Minister dedicated the Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) in Jharsuguda to the nation. The MMLP is built at a cost of Rs 100 Crores. It will facilitate export-import and Domestic cargo including Private Freight Traffic.
The MMLP is located adjacent to Howrah- Mumbai which is 5 km from Jharsuguda Railway Station. Many important industries like steel, cement, paper etc are located around the facility and will be benefited from it. The Multi-Modal Logistics Park will establish Jharsuguda as a prime logistics hub in Odisha and boost ease of doing business in the State, an official statement said.
The PM then inaugurated a new railway line between Bolangir and Bichupali and flagged off a new train on the route. The 15 km Bolangir-Bichupali New Railway Line would connect coastal Odisha with western Odisha synchronising development across the State. It will reduce travel time from Bhubaneswar and Puri to major cities like New Delhi and Mumbai. The line would benefit many MSME and cottage industries in Odisha and open up opportunities for the mining sector in the state.
The Prime Minister also dedicated electrification of 813 km of Jharsuguda-Vizianagaram and Sambalpur-Angul lines at a cost of Rs. 1085 crores, doubling of 13.5 km Barpali-Dunguripali and Balangir-Deogaon road line, Bridge no. 588 between Theruvali-Singapur road stations.
In order to facilitate passport services, PM Modi inaugurated New Passport Seva Kendras at Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Kandhamal, Bargarh, and Bolangir, under the projects Ministry of External Affairs.
The PM also laid the foundation stone for the permanent building at Kendriya Vidyalaya in Sonepur. The building will house modern schooling facilities for the benefit of over 1000 school children.