Central Government denied receiving any proposal from Odisha for a metro rail network in the State

New Delhi: The Central Government has denied receiving any proposal from the Odisha Government for a metro rail network in the State.

Replying to a question asked by State BJP MP Ashwini Vaishnaw in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said no proposal has been submitted by the State Government so far for any metro rail network. The Union Minister further stated that urban transport is a State subject and State Governments are responsible for initiating, developing and funding urban transport infrastructures, including metro rail projects. The Central Government considers financial assistance for metro rail proposals in cities or urban agglomerates on basis of extant policy, feasibility of proposal and availability of resources as and when posed by concerned State Governments, he added.

The MP wanted to know about any plans for establishment of metro rail networks in Odisha. Notably, there have been talks of introducing metro rail services in twin city of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.