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Railway wants suitable land for Narla project

| | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

With the Ministry of Railways sanctioning the proposed Electric Locomotive Workshop at Narla in Kalahand district, the Railway Board has urged the Odisha Government to provide suitable land for the greenfield project.

Indian Railway Board (IRB) Additional Member VK Aggarwal has requested the State Government to provide the required land immediately as the earlier land identified for the purpose seems to be inadequate.

Aggarwal has said that there is a requirement of approximately 250 acres of land for the project and its future expansion.

Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had agreed to provide 250 acres of land free of cost. Keeping the request of the Chief Minister, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has sanctioned the project, for which provision in the Budget has now been made.

The project would come up at a cost of Rs 186 crore, and the East Coast Railway (ECoR) has been directed by the IRB to go ahead with construction works.

However, the provision of land seems to be a problem as earlier land identified for the purpose seems to be inadequate as these places are at different locations and also short of requirement.

The Kalahandi district administration had identified three places at Chapatkhanda Mauza of about 70 acres, Ragadimal Mauza of about 36 acres and Bhatang Mauza of about eight acres.

However, the ECoR authorities found it not suitable for the purpose as at least 245 acres of land is required for the purpose at a place near the Narla railway station. The above places are five to six km away from the Narla Road station, pointed out the IRB.

The IRB has said that for the workshop, at least 185 acres, for staff colony 60 acres, in total 245 acres is needed at a nearby place.

Receiving the request for a major greenfield project in the KBK region, the State Government has taken up the matter on an urgent basis, said sources. Chief Secretary AP Padhi has asked Commerce & Transport Principal Secretary Sanjay Rastogi to take up the matter with the district administration.

While Rastogi is in touch with the Kalahandi District Magistrate, Special Secretary, Railways Manoj Kumar Mishra is connected with the ECoR for provision of land, said sources.

Notably, a Joint Working Group headed by the Chief Secretary, after an analysis of rail-based industries, had suggested for the Railway Workshop project in Kalahandi, which was accepted by the Ministry of Railways.




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