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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Union Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw on Friday urged the Odisha government to resolve issues related to land acquisition in some of the districts so that construction of tracks and other development activities can be expedited.

“The expedition of the delayed railway projects in Odisha depends upon land acquisition by the State government on a priority basis. Final location of the project also depends upon the land acquisition,” said Vaishnaw on Friday following a ground visit to Koraput and Malkangiri districts.

Vaishnaw was accorded a guard of honour following his arrival at Koraput Railway Station by a special train from Visakhapatnam.

Subsequently, the minister visited Malkangiri and took stock of the proposed Junagarh – Nabarangpur, Nabarangpur-Jeypore-Malkangiri and Malkangiri- Bhadrachalam railway projects.

“These railway projects were long-standing demands of the local people. I have discussed various issues pertaining to the developmental projects,” said Vaishnaw.

“More than 500 mobile towers have been sanctioned for Koraput and over 300 towers are to be set up in Malkangiri to increase connectivity. I will review this development work. Besides, I will also take stock of the newly set up post offices in these districts,” he said.

(Edited by Ramakant Biswas)

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