Bhubaneswar, Dec 11 (LocalWire): Odisha is going to have 4,567 kilometre long additional rail line under various infrastructure projects, Centre informed Lok Sabha today.
At present, 36 projects worth Rs 49,984-crore covering 4,567 km stretch are now either fully or partly in planning, approval or execution stages, minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal, said in a written reply to a query.
Ten new line projects are under implementation covering a length of 1,269 km at a cost of Rs 16,598 crore.
Out of which 80-km-length has been commissioned and an expenditure of Rs 4,260 crore has been incurred up to March 2019, the minister said.
One Gauge Conversion (GC) project is covering a length of 140-km at a cost of Rs 1349 crore. Out of which, 90-km-length has been commissioned and an expenditure of Rs 191 crore has been incurred.
25 doubling projects are covering a length of 3,159 km at a cost of Rs. 32,037 crore. Out of which, 494-km length has been commissioned and an expenditure of Rs 8,246 crore has been incurred up to March 2019.
The timely completion of any railway project depends on various factors, like quick land acquisition by state government, forest clearance by officials of forest department, shifting of infringing utilities (both underground and over ground), statutory clearances from various authorities, geological and topographical conditions of area.
All these factors affect the completion time of the project, which is worked out at the completion stage.
In the overall interest of the nation and for smooth execution of work, a lot of monitoring is done in Railways at various levels (field level, divisional level, zonal level and Board level) and regular meetings are held with the officials of State Government and authorities concerned to resolve the issues that are obstructing the progress of projects, the minister said.