Bhubaneswar, June 28 (LocalWire): Dr Achyuta Samanta, Kandhamal MP, raised the issue of rail connectivity to Kandhamal, a longstanding demand of the people of the district, in his maiden speech in the Lok Sabha during zero hour on Thursday.
Rail connectivity will boost development, economic prosperity and tourism, he emphasised. He said, 39 years back the Prime Minister had assured of rail connectivity to Kandamal.
Since then, no progress has taken place on the project, even though survey and other procedures were completed.
Dr Samanta said, people of Kandhamal have dreamt of a railway line for decades.
He urged the Union Railway minister to take up the initiative for rail connectivity to Kandhamal and urged him to connect Phulbani to Purunakatak by rail annex and thereby linking it to Khurda-Balangir line.