Bhubaneswar, Sep 24: The much-delayed Khurda Road-Balangir railway project to provide railway connectivity between western Odisha and the coastal part of the state faces another hurdle-environment clearance.
The Ministry of Railway is yet to get environment clearance to execute the project in 75 km.
Diversion of forest land has become a major hurdle in completion of the 289-km Khurda Road-Balangir newline project.
According to sources, the project involves acquisition of 6,162 acres of land and diversion of 1,844 acres of forest land.
The Odisha government has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ministry of railways to provide land free of cost for Khurda Road-Balangir new line.
Besides free land, the Odisha government will share 50 percent of the cost of the project from 112km to 289km. It is one of the oldest projects sanctioned in 1994-95. So far, work for 92 km of the total length (Khurda Road to Mahipur (77 km) and 15km stretch between Balangir and Bichupalli) of the project has been commissioned.