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BHUBANESWAR: Indian Railways has set a target of constructing more than 500km railway tracks in the current financial year 2023-24. railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, who is in Odisha to attend some programmes, told TOI here on Sunday.

Vaishnaw said the Indian Railways has completed construction of 459km new railway tracks during the financial year 2022-23, a record since Independence. From 2009 to 2014, railways had completed construction of around 53km of rail line per year, he said.

Vaishnaw said progress of railway projects in Odisha has been impressive. “The most important Khurda Road-Balangir new line project was fast-tracked after 2014. We have completed new line work till Dasapalla from Khurda Road end and Sonepur from Balangir side. Construction work for the remaining portion is underway at a great speed,” he said.

Vaishnaw said a new line project of more than 470km connecting Odisha’s Junagarh in Kalahandi district to Telangana’s Bhadrachalam will massively boost train connectivity in some of the remotest tribal-dominated parts of the two states. Preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) for this project will be completed soon, he said.

The new line project will connect Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Jeypore and Malkangiri districts with Hyderabad and other south Indian cities and reduce the distance from these tribal pockets to other cities. This rail line will be a game changer for the tribal people living in these districts, Vaishnaw said.

The minister said the final location survey (FLS) for construction of a new line between Jajpur-Keonjhar Road and Dhamra Port via Jajpur and Aradi (96km) has been sanctioned recently. It was a long-standing demand of people of Jajpur and Bhadrak districts. The new line will connect Maa Biraja temple, a famous Shakti shrine, in Jajpur district and a Shiva shrine Akhandalamani at Aradi in Bhadrak district, he said.

  • Published On Sep 18, 2023 at 12:16 PM IST

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