Bhubaneswar: Union government on Tuesday allocated Rs 5,252 crore for the railway infrastructure development in Odisha in the Union Budget 2018-19, an additional Rs 150 crore compared to last year’s allocation Rs 5102 crore.
While Rs 5,252 crore has been allocated for Odisha, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) received 6563 crore. ECoR general manager Umesh Singh informed that the allocated fund would be utilized for the development of existing railway network while several new lines would be created and modernization of railway stations would be carried out.
The Railway ministry said that 36 projects costing Rs 43,751 crore for 4,750 km in length are already under execution in Odisha.
On January 17, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had put forth a proposal regarding railway projects worth about Rs 6500 crores for the state in the Union Budget. Naveen had demanded metro rail lines for the Twin Cities of the state, Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.