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Odisha Chief Minister wrote to Railway Minister seeking ₹6,500 crore Rail Package for Odisha

Bhubaneswar:17/1/18:Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik wrote to Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal seeking ₹6,500 crore Rail Package for Odisha in #Budget2018 with focus on upgrading infrastructure, improving actual expenditure, enhancing passenger amenities, sanction of important new lines and two dedicated freight corridors. Details of Odisha’s demand for Raiwlays from the budget:

• Odisha generates annual revenue for Indian Railways in excess of ₹15,000 crore, yet the average route length with rail density of 16.0 against national average of 20.0 is much lower than adjoining states likes West Bengal and Jharkhand

. • Several initiatives being taken to expedite augmentation of rail infra by state Government through JV/SPVs, free land allocation, project cost sharing, direct financing of construction etc

• Demand placed for introduction of new train by the name ‘Buxi Jagabandhu Express’ , commeorating bicenetenary of Paika Rebellion led by Buxi Jagabandhu Bidyadhar Mohapatra


• Early sanction of short links o Talcher – Angul via FCI (17km) o Paradip – Dhamra (80km) o Champua-Anandpur-Jajpur (138km) o Barsuan-Banspal-Barbil (58km) o Puri-Konark & Keonjhar Road-Jajpur (via Aradi) for pilgrims visiting Puri and Biraja Kshetra

• Expediting construction of new lines of Talcher-Bimalagarh and Jaleswar-Digha, doubling of Sambalpur-Talcher and Daitari-Keonjhar-Banspani and third line of Bhadrak-Nergundi-Vizianagaram stretch

• Early action for starting of passenger trains on Angul-Dubri-Sukinda and Haridaspur-Paradip projects which are passing through backward and unconnected areas of the State


• Upgradation of passenger amenities on important stations of Puri, Bhadrak, Brahmapur, Cuttack, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Khurda Road, Rayagada, Sambalpur, Balasore, Jharsuguda and Rourkela

• Commencement of detailed planning for Mass Rapid Transit System in greater Bhubaneswar region

• DEMU/MEMU services for Sambalpur-Jharsuguda-Rourkela, Cuttack-Paradip, Brahmapur-Balasore corridor and Rourkela-Keonjhar via Barbil

• New train from Puri to Mumbai via Sambalpur and Titlagarh, extension of existing express service between Bhubaneswar and Keonjhar to Jameshedpur via Banspani

• Expediting work on developing existing Bhubaneswar station with world class facilities and initiating work on new Bhubaneswar station at Patia

• Initiation of East Coast dedicated freight corridors from Kharagpur to Vijaywada and East-West dedicated freight corrdior from Jharsuguda to Bilaspur

• Need for expediting sanctioning/starting of works in following: o Wagon manufacturing factory at Sitalapalli, Ganjam (sanctioned in 2011-12) o Concrete sleeper plants at Kantabanjhi and Bandamunda o Railway asset maintenance units in KBK districts

• Reorganization of administrative structure of East Coast Railway, the No.1 loading railway in the country, by establishing new Divisional HQs at Rayagada, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road and Rourkela

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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