Reduction of rail budget allocation is serious concern for Odisha: Dr. Sasmit Patra

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New Delhi: Odisha is the least rail coverage state in the country despite contributing maximum revenue to the sector, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) National spokesperson Dr. Sasmit Patra said on Thursday.

The budgetary allocation for the current fiscal year towards rail infra development in Odisha is Rs 4373 cr while the last year’s total allocation for the state was Rs 4593 cr.

Patra said the reduction in overall rail budget allocation for Odisha has always been a cause of serious concern as the state lags behind in the sector.

The BJD National spokesperson, however, welcomed the Gopalpur-Sambalpur proposed line. This, he said, will boost the economy of the state, if executed in time.

Patra further expressed his unhappiness over the non-introduction of new railway projects as suggested by the state. He said the people of Odisha had expected to get sanction for projects like Puri-Konark, Bargarh-Nuapada, Jajpur-Aradi-Dhamra, Chakulia-Buramara and Gunupur-Therubali (new line) for which the state has already committed assistance to the Centre.

The BJD National spokesperson welcomed the introduction of more Tejas trains in the country and hoped more such trains would be introduced in Odisha. He urged the Railways to minimize its expenditure and take necessary measures to complete delayed projects in time.

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