Ensuring well oiled rail network across Odisha, the government has allocated Rs.5,252 crore in the Railway Budget of 2018-19 for the state with an emphasis on completion of ongoing projects. The provision for several key ongoing projects including the Khurda Road-Balangir railway line has been given priority, General Manager of the East Coast Railway Umesh Singh said. The funds allocation for the state is likely to increase to Rs.6,000 crore as details are yet to be calculated. The allocations for the ongoing projects include Rs.625 crore for Khurda Road-Balangir railway line against Rs.200 crore last year, Rs.300 crore for Talcher-Bimalagarh against Rs.250 crore in 2017-18, Rs.200 crore each for Angul-Sukinda Road and Haridaspur-Paradeep, Rs.95 crore for Jeypore-Malkangiri and Rs.150 crore for Jeypore-Nawarangpur railway line. The ongoing doubling of railway lines has received Rs.976.71 crore with a provision of Rs.379 crore for Vizianagaram-Sambalpur third line, Rs.220 crore each for Budapank-Salegaon (third and fourth line) and Sambalpur-Talcher railway line, Rs.120 crore for Jharapada-Budapank (third and fourth line), Rs.110 crore for Koraput railway line, and Rs.80 crore for Banspani-Daitari-Tomka-Jakhapura line, he added.
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