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Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Furthering its commitment to ensuring the safety of both road passengers and rail users, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Engineering Projects India Limited (EPIL) on Tuesday for construction of seven road over bridges (ROBs) between Dhanmandal- Brahmapur railway stations on Bhadrak- Palasa section of Khurda Road Division in Howrah - Chennai main line.

The MoU for construction of these seven ROBs has been signed to one party on a composite contract basis at an estimated cost of Rs 303.36 crore. Executive Director of the EPIL Biswajit Biswas signed the MoU with Brijesh Kumar Mishra, Chief Engineer (Road Safety Works) of ECoR in presence of Narottam Singh Uikey, ECoR Principal Chief Engineer.

The ROBs scheduled to be constructed are at Level Crossing Number 181 between Gopalpur Balikuda- Barang Stations, LC No. 169 between Dhanmandal- Byree Stations, LC No. 202 between Khurda Road- Kaipadar Road Stations, LC No. 289 between Ganjam- Chatrapur Stations, LC No. 292 between Chatrapur- Jagannathapur Stations, LC No. 303 between Jagannathapur- Brahmapur Stations and LC No. 304 between Jagannathapur- Brahmapur Stations over Khurda Road Division.

The work for these seven ROBs has been assigned to EPIL by Railway Board and EPIL will be paid management fee at 4.21% over the project cost. The modality for execution and standard MoU was finalised at the level of Railway Board and work specific MOU was to be signed at the level of East Coast Railway, in consultation with EPIL.

With the signing of this agreement, a total of 13 ROBs in East Coast Railway will be executed on the model formulated by the Railway Board. A few days back, another MoU was signed between ECoR and Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) for the execution of work for construction of six more ROBs.

Road Over Bridges (ROBs), Road Under Bridges (RUBs) and Limited Height Sub-Ways (LHS) are being constructed by abolishing Level Crossing Gates to enhance the safety of train operations and facilitate the hassle-free movement of both rail and road traffic.

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