Published on 21/03/2017 10:32:25 AM | Source: Dion Global Solutions Ltd.

Government to pump Rs 36,480 cr to expand Odisha rail network: Minister

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has said that Rs 36,480 crore is being pumped in to expand the rail network in Odisha to tap the state's vast tourism potential and abundant mineral and natural resources. Commenting on the issue, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu told the media, “The Centre is focusing on strengthening the railway infrastructure and connectivity in Odisha to enable the state to chug on the path of development.”

“Therefore, with an emphasis on building a robust railway network in Odisha, the NDA government raised budgetary allocation for the rail sector in the state to Rs 1,465 crore in 2014-15, Rs 3,712 crore in 2015-16 and Rs 4,682 crore in 2016-17, showing substantial hike from Rs 812.5 crore allocated by the previous UPA regime, he added. “The allocation was further raised to Rs 5,102 crore in 2017-18 to put the state on the fast-track of progress,” Prabhu said.