Bhubaneswar, Feb 6: The ruling BJD today raised concern over the reduction of allocation of funds to the state in the rail budget.
National Spokesperson of the party Sasmit Patra said that the reduction in overall allocation for the state is a cause of serious concern as Odisha remains one of the least rail coverage states in the country despite the state contributing maximum revenue.
“No new railway project has been introduced in sectors that were suggested by the state with a commitment to share cost. We expected to get sanction for projects like Puri-Konark; Bargarh-Nuapada; Jajpur-Aradi-Dhamra; Chakulia-Buramara, Gunupur-Therubali (new line) where State has committed assistance,” said Patra.
Patra, however, welcomed the proposed Gopalpur-Sambalpur proposed line. “This will be a big economic booster to the area if executed in time. We welcome the introduction of more Tejas type trains. We hope more numbers of such trains would be introduced in Odisha. Railways must improve their expenditure and track record in completion of delayed projects,” added Patra.
Odisha has got Rs 4373 crore outlay for railway projects in 2020-21 in the budget as against Rs 4593 crore last year.