Kendrapara, June 23 (LocalWire): Delayed due to the lockdown, the construction work for the much-awaited 82-kilometer-long Haridasapur-Paradip railway line to bring Kendrapada district on the railway map finally began last week after a break of around three months.
“We had stopped the work due to coronavirus lockdown on March 25th.
The railway line from Haridaspur to the port town of Paradip will cover Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts and is likely to be completed in September this year.
The first goods train will roll out on the soil of Kendrapada district for the first time in September,” said Prasant Kumar Mishra, the Managing Director of Haridaspur – Paradip Railway line Project.
“We have already completed 95 percent of the railway project. The rest of the work will be completed by September 2020.
We are now installing Overhead line Equipment (OHE) on the railway to transmit electrical energy to trains and are linking the railway lines to other lines.
Installation of signboards, telecommunication systems, and construction of railway level crossings has been completed. We have built 31 bridges over the rivers, canals and other water–bodies and 171 minor bridges for this railway project.
This railway line was sanctioned in 1996-97, primarily to cater to the movement of freight, export of finished products from steel plants and import of coking coal from Paradip to the industries.
The industries located in Duburi and the iron ore deposits in Keonjhar district are in proximity to this rail link,” added Mishra.
“On completion, the distance by rail between Daitari- Banspani iron ore belt and Paradip port will be reduced almost by half.
Due to gross negligence on the part of the Union Government, the project was delayed more than 21 years,” alleged Biswanath Behera, the vice-president of Kendrapada Citizens Forum.