Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today requested Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal for construction of railway line from Jaleswar to Digha in South Eastern Railway.
The Digha-Jaleswar Board Gauge Rail Project (41 kms) was sanctioned by the Ministry of Railways in 2011-12.
In a letter to Goyal, Patnaik said, “Even after seven years of its sanctioning, the project has not yet taken off in terms of construction. It is learnt that the project has been kept on hold as land acquisition in West Bengal portion has not progressed.”
“In this connection, I had proposed a change in the alignment of the aforesaid Broad Gauge Railway line on June 13, 2011 addressed to the then Prime Minister. The proposed realigned line will pass through the State touching various pilgrim and tourist spots like Bhusandheswar, Chandanswar and Talsari-Udayapur Beach. Such a change of alignment will not only help in development of tourism but will also aid in improving the socio-economic condition of the region,” said Patnaik.
Since such an important project in Odisha has been stalled for more than seven years, Patnaik requested Goyal to intervene in the matter and take an early decision to change the alignment so that the entire route may pass through the State of Odisha.
“I assure you of full cooperation for land acquisition and all other necessary support that would be needed by Railways from my State,” said Patnaik.