Kendrapara, June 30 (LocalWire): An electric railway tower engine rolled out from Kendrapara district for the first time on Saturday to check the railway line’s electricity connection. Large number of locals gathered near the newly-built railway line at Kendrapara to witness the engine travel.
‘We rolled out a railway tower car engine on the 42-kilometre-long railway line from Haridaspur to Kendrapara to test the electricity connection of the line. The 82-kilometer-long railway line from Haridaspur to Paradip covering Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts is likely to be completed by December.
‘This project will add Kendrapada district to the railway map,’ said Prasant Kumar Mishra, the managing director of of Haridaspur-Paradip railway line project.
‘Almost 87 percent work has been completed. We have already laid 64 kilometres of the track and the rest will be completed soon.
Installation of signboards, telecommunication systems, constructions of level crossings are on. We built 31 bridges over the rivers, canals and other waterbodies and 164 minor bridges for this railway project.
Constructions of three small bridges are also on and will be completed by December. This railway line was sanctioned in 1996-97, to primarily cater the movement of freight, export of finished products of steel plants and import 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 between Daitari- Banspani iron ore belt and Paradip port will be reduced almost by half.
‘Nitish Kumar, the railway minister had laid the foundation stone near Marshaghai in Kendrapada district in 1999. He had promised to complete the construction of the railway line by 2004. Due to gross negligence on the part of the Centre, the project was delayed by more than 16 years,’ alleged Amar Biswal the president of Kendrapada Citizens’ Forum.
In the past, railway ministers had allocated meager amounts for this project in the railway budget but the Modi-led NDA government granted more funds to this project that will help Kendrapada district to be connected by railway,’ said BJP leader and former MLA of Rajnagar, Alekha Kumar Jena.