Kendrapara, Feb 13 (LocalWire):Around 150-meter-long under-construction railway line of the Paradip-Haridaspur rail project caved in near the village Dumuka of the Kendrapara district on Wednesday night.
Many locals alleged that the mishap occurred due to the sub-standard work of the railway line.
Though there were no casualties reported in the mishap, the houses of three families near the area suffered damage.
Ramesh Behera of Dumuka alleged, “The railway officials hurriedly built the railway line by not filing the earth properly as a result of which a major portion of the railway line is on the verge of collapse.
Many villagers near the under-construction railway line have been spending sleepless nights.”
When contacted, Prasant Kumar Mishra, the Managing Director of Haridaspur–Paradip Railway Line Project said, “Senior officials of the Railway Department rushed to the spot on Thursday as soon as the spot reached them.
Reconstruction of the damaged patch is currently in full swing. It is a minor mishap.”
The 82 kilometers-long railway line from Haridaspur to Paradip covering Jajpur, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur districts is likely to be completed in March 2020 and the first goods train will start in the Kendrapada district for the first time.
“We have already completed 90% of the work. The installation of signboards, telecommunication systems, and the construction of railway-level crossings has been completed.
We built 31 major and 171 mini-bridges over the water bodies,” added Mishra.
This railway line was sanctioned in 1996-97 primarily to cater to the movement of freight, the export of finished products of steel plants and the import of coal from Paradip to the industries in Kendrapara.
Edited by Meenal Singh