The Central government has officially declared the Bargarh Road-Nuapada Road railway line via Padampur, spanning 142 kilometers, as a special railway project. Additionally, the 16.5-kilometer rail line connecting Talcher and Angul has also received the same designation. The Odisha Rail Infrastructure Development Limited (ORIDL), a joint venture between the Odisha government (51 percent) and the Ministry of Railways (49 percent), has identified these projects for development. The introduction of the new railway line will significantly reduce travel time between Raipur and the state capital, Bhubaneswar.
Union Railway Minister Vaishnaw announced that the Ministry has given in-principle approval to initiate pre-investment activities for the Bargarh Road-Nuapada Road railway line project. The new line will not only enhance connectivity between Bargarh and Nuapada but also provide direct access to popular tourist destinations like Nrusinghanath Temple. This project holds immense significance for the local population, as it fulfills their long-standing aspirations.
In a similar vein, the Talcher-Angul new rail line, covering a distance of 16.5 kilometers, has also been recognized as a special railway project. This line will include a Y connection at Talcher, effectively mitigating traffic congestion. Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan highlighted that the Talcher-Angul rail line will greatly facilitate the transportation of freight, including coal, from Angul to various industries in the region.