ECoR GENERAL MANAGER INSPECTED PURUNAPANI-SONEPUR RAILWAY SECTION OF onGOING KHURDA ROAD-BALANGIR RAIL LINE PROJECT:
East Coast Railway General Manager Shri Manoj Sharma today inspected the Purunapani-Sonepur Railway Section of ongoing Khurda Road-Balangir Rail Line project and took stock of various ongoing works. A very important underconstruction Railway Bridge on River Tel has also been inspected by Shri Sharma.
During the inspection, Shri Sharma emphasised upon speedy completion of project works. While inspecting the New Station Buildings at Purunapani and at Sonepur, Shri Sharma stressed on development of circulating areas, concourse, platform lightings, waiting rooms, toilets, etc., which are much needed for the comfort of passengers. General Manager also advised officials to coordinate with State Government officials for improving the road connectivity for the benefit of rail users.
Shri Sharma also inspected the under construction very important River Bridge on the Tel River, a tributary of river Mahanadi. Construction of this river is a challenge as the backwater of the River Mahanadi enters to River Tel apart from its natural water flow.
Hon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw is giving priority for the Development of Railway Infrastructure of the region along with various project works going in Odisha and also monitoring the developmental works regularly. The Khurda Road-Balangir Rail Line project is a prioritized public centric project, which is being monitored by apex authorities on regular basis. The Khurda Road-Balangir Rail Line project will boost the economy of the region and foster socio-cultural connections between Western Odisha and Coastal Odisha.
Out of the 301 km length of the Khurda Road-Balangir Rail Line project, a total of 142.5 km has been completed, including approximately 105.8 km from Khurda Road to Dasapalla and 36.6 km from Balangir to Khambeswarpali. ECoR also aims to complete 84 more kms rail line from from Khambeswarapali to Purunakatak in the fiscal year 2023-24.
During the inspection, ECoR Chief Administrative Officer (Construction) Shri Shri P. Sreenivas, Divisional Railway Manager of Sambalpur Railway Division Shri Vineet Singh and other Senior officials were present during the inspection by General Manager Shri Sharma.