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Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: The Modi-led NDA Government today announced a record budget grant of Rs 7010 crores for East Coast Railway and Odisha, reflecting an increase of 13 percent over last year.

The total allocation contains all budgetary heads including projects, electrification, passenger amenities, workshops, track, staff amenities etc, informed sources. Under the budget, Rs 2,630 crore has been allotted for new lines, which is 67 percent more than last year. The allotment for passenger amenities is Rs 181 crore while it was Rs 82 crore last year.

The Union government has sanctioned a new line of 14.5 km-length between Talcher and Angul which is estimated to cost Rs 278 crores. Similarly, Rs 250 crore has been allocated for Angul-Sukinda line (98.7 km), Rs 400 crore for Haridaspur-Paradeep line (82 km) and Rs 350 crore for Khurda-Bolangir line.

The new lines which have received grant are Talcher-Bimlagarh line (154 km), which has been allocated Rs 150 crore, Jeypore Malkangiri (127 km) line-Rs 70 crore and Jeypore-Nabarangpur (38 km) line-Rs 10 crore.

For doubling and further lining of the tracks, the central government has also made provisions to the tune of Rs 249 crore for Sambalpur-Talcher (174.11 km), Rs 170 crore for Sambalpur-Titlagarh (182.11 km), Rs 85 crore for Bansapani-Daitari-Tomka-Jakhapura line (180 km) and Rs 86 crore for Bhadrak-Nergundi third line (80km).

Similarly, Rs 350 crore for Vizianagaram-Sambalpur third line, Rs 120 crore for Jarapada-Budhapanka 3rd and 4th line, Rs 210 crore for Budhapanka-Salegaon 3rd and 4th line, Rs 205 crore for Koraput-Singapur line, Rs 40 crore for Manoharpur-Bondamunda 3rd line, Rs 150 crore for Rourkela-Jharsuguda 3rd line and Rs 20 crore for Bondamunda-Rourkela 4th line.

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