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Jual Oram urges CM to expedite Talcher-Bimalagarh new BG project




 Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram today urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to expedite land acquisition for the Talcher-Bimalagarh new broad gauge link project work.

In a letter to the chief minister, Oram said the project passes through districts including Angul (o km-82.6 km), Deogarh (82.6 km-112.9 km) and Sundargarh (112.9 km-153.8 km) and the respective collectors need to play a vital role in its completion. He stated that 43.5 km of private and government land has been acquired in Angul district except for six kms in Biru and Seepur villages.

It is targeted to open the railway line from Talcher to first station at Sunakhani, a 20 km stretch, in March. But, hurdles like non-clearance of housing structures coming in the way of alignment are yet to be cleared as locals are opposing the road-over bridge location at Talcher-Gurujang. Moreover, shifting of the power line at MCL in Talcher is another problem area, Oram stated. He added that despite his request in November 2015 to simultaneously start the rail line work from Sundargarh side was ignored as a special land acquisition officer has not been appointed so far.

The new rail line of 149.78 km through Angul, Deogarh and Sundargarh districts would reduce the distance between Rourkela and Bhubaneswar to 347 kms from the present 462 kms via Sambalpur.






Editorial

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From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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