Good progress in railway, highway projects in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: There has been good progress in railway and highway projects while time lines were fixed for various projects being implemented in Odisha.

Joint secretary to the Cabinet Secretariat, V P Joy, said this while attending a meeting of the Project Monitoring Group (PMG) of the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) here presided over by Odisha Chief Secretary G C Pati.

“We have reviewed 25 projects being implemented by public and private sectors. The progress has been good in railway and highway projects,” Joy told reporters after attending the meeting.

Stating that time lines have been fixed for different projects, Joy said most of the projects were hit by land acquisition problems. “Some issues relating to private sectors were resolved on the spot,” Joy said.

Projects under steel, power, railways and highways were mostly discussed in the meeting, an official at the Chief Secretary’s office said adding the Centre was happy over the progress made in 25 projects including the rail link work for Jharsuguda-Rengali, Talcher-Bimlagarh and Angul-Sukinda.

Besides, the important National Highway projects like Angul-Sambalpur and Panikoeli and Remuli were also discussed.

Asked about South Korean steel major Posco’s proposed Rs 52,000 crore project, Joy said it was not discussed in the meeting.