Bhubaneswar, Dec 12: The State Government put major railway projects on fast track recently so as to complete and commission them in time as per the schedule.
This was revealed at a review meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy at the Lok Seva Bhawan here recently. Commerce and Transport Special Secretary and Railway Coordination Commissioner Manoj Mishra presented the updates for discussion.
Resolving the issues, Tripathy directed concerned departments and the project proponents to “ensure strict ground level follow up of the ‘work schedule’ till completion and commissioning of the projects”. Collectors and Tahasildars were directed to give advance possession of the Government land for uninterrupted progress of the construction of the projects.
Tripathy also set timeline for different phases of the projects.
He reviewed seven projects, Khordha- Bolangir new broad gauge rail line of 289 km of estimated cost of Rs 3,550 crore, Sambalpur-Talcher doubling rail link of 174.11 km (Rs 6,79.27cr), Vizianagaram-Sambalpur ( Titilagarh) 3rd line of 264.6 km (Rs 2575 crore), Budhapank-Salegaon 3rd and 4th rail line of 170 km (Rs 1,173 crore), Rourkela-Jharsuguda 3rd new rail link of 101 km (Rs 1,173 crore), Angul-Sukinda new line of 98.7 km (Rs 638.5 crore) and Talcher- Bimilagarh new rail link line of 155 km (Rs 810.78 crore).
The issues relating to distribution of compensation award to the land owners, handing over the possession of the Government land, forest clearances, compensatory afforestation, setting up of the towers, shifting of utilities, wild life clearances etc were deliberated and resolved in the meeting.