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Sahoo blames Centre for delay in rail projs implementation in State

 State Commerce and Transport Minister Nrusingha Sahoo today blamed the Centre for inordinate delay in execution of railway projects across Odisha.

This comes days after Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain held the State government responsible for the slow pace of railway project work in Odisha. “The statement recently made by Union minister Rajen Gohain is completely baseless. The move is a bid to cover up Central negligence. The State government is always committed and concerned for the State projects,” Sahoo told media persons here.

The minister said delay in placing land requisition for the railway projects is the main reason for impediment in the projects. “Talcher-Bimlagarh project, which was sanctioned in 2010, received the land requisition in 2016. Jeypore-Nabarangpur and Jeypore-Malkangiri projects were sanctioned in 2016-17 budget. But, the land requisition is yet to be placed,” he rued. Sahoo said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had demanded three trains—Bhubaneswar-New Delhi via Sambalpur, Khurda-Mumbai and train to Allahabad via Sambalpur, Bolangir, Bargarh. “But the Centre has turned a deaf ear to the demands”, he added.

The projects are also delayed due to the Railway PSU, RVNL, Sahoo pointed out. “It took 15 years to complete the doubling of Baranga-Raja Athagarh line. Similarly, Paradip-Haridaspur, Angul-Sukinda, Sambalpur-Titilagarh and Titilagarh-Raipur doubling was delayed, alleged Sahoo”.


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