04 July, New Delhi
The Railways has sanctioned a new Broad Gauge line between Jeypore and Navarangpur in Odisha at a cost of Rs 747.91 crores.
According to a statement, the 38-km length project would be completed in three years.
The project would be implemented on a cost-sharing basis between the Railways and the Odisha government.Moreover, the state government would also be bearing the entire cost of land and 50 percent of the construction cost of the project.
The project is important for connecting the Navarangpur district of Western Odisha with Jeypore, an existing station on Kottavalasa-Kirandul line.
This line would provide connectivity to important towns such as Koraput, Jeypore, Jagdalpur and Dantewada.
Further, the line is useful for connecting Navarangpur to Junagarh/Kalahandi district and result in short lead to many other places of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.
Moreover, freight traffic such as maize, rice, fertilizer, cement, wheat, POL and others was expected from various villages en-route.