Mrunal Manmay Dash

In highest-ever allocation for Odisha in Rail budget, the Centre has set aside Rs 10,012 crore for the State for 2023-24.

While the State had demanded Rs 8400 crore for Railway infrastructure development, the Union government allocated Rs 10,012 crore, Rs 1612 crore more than the demanded funds.

While announcing the budget allocation, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, said 280 kms of railway tracks will be laid in the state and 57 railway stations will be modernised.

In another important decision, the Lingaraj Road Station will be developed to be used as a transit point for tourists who would arrive at Bhubaneswar Airport wishing to visit the Srimandir in Puri.

“Plans are afoot to ply battery operated or hydrogen powered vehicles from Airport to Lingaraj Road station which is just 1 km away, for the tourists who wish to visit Puri. They will be able to come to Lingaraj Road station from Airport from where they will board train for Puri,” said Vaishnaw.

The minister also announced that 'Bande Metro' train will soon be introduced between Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.