Railways With the Indian Railways commissioning 10.5 km of newly-laid broad gauge line between Bichhupali and Jhartarbha of Khurda Road-Bolangir rail line project, the Odisha government has approved Rs 150 crore for fast execution of the much-awaited project.

The state government has allocated land free of cost and bearing 50 percent construction cost for 306.25 km Khurda Road-Bolangir railway project.

The amount has been for development of Khurda Road-Bolangir NBG Rail Link Project from 112 km-289 km during the FY23. Decisions have also been taken to fast-track the forest clearance at the earliest in a time bound manner.

Of the total length of 306 km of Khurda Road-Bolangir new railway project, 91 km from Khurda Road to Nuagaon has been commissioned. Also, another 10.5 km between Bichhupali and Jhartarbha is commissioned.

The work is in progress from Nuagaon to Daspalla (91 km to 106 km) and target is set to commission by March 2023.

Work from Buguda to Banigocghha is also yet to start due to non-issue of the Stage-I forest clearance.

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