Indian Railways and state govt of Odisha have signed an MoU for new broad gauge segment

Highlights:

  • Indian Railways has signed an agreement with Odisha government for speedy implementation of a segment of Khurda Road to Bolangir new broad gauge rail line on cost-sharing basis.
  • The Memorandum of Understanding will go a long way in developing infrastructure in Odisha, as Dasapalla-Bolangir segment of Khurda-Bolangir new line running from east to west across the state will accelerate the development in the districts falling on this line.
  • Presently, Railway Minister is Suresh Prabhu.
  • Khurda Road-Bolangir (289 km) new line project has been taken up by the Railways at an anticipated cost of Rs 3,050 crore.
  • Odisha has consented to partner with Railways by providing land free of cost and sharing 50 % of the construction cost for Dasapalla to Bolangir (177 km), to complete this important infrastructure project.
  • The MoU signing event was held in the presence of many Odisha MPs and senior officials from the state and Railways.