Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Saturday October 14 2006 12:00 IST
BHUBANESWAR: An Assembly committee headed by Speaker Maheshwar Mohanty would visit New Delhi in November and meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demand more funds for the completion of ongoing railway projects in the State.
The committee, which met here on Friday under the chairmanship of Mohanty, would also submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister demanding Rs 785 crore for the development and expansion of railway network in Orissa.
Finance Minister Prafulla Ghadei and Minister for Steel and Mines Padmanabha Behera also attended the meeting. The meet also discussed about the progress on the proposed NISER in Bhubaneswar.
The panel sought a report from the Higher Education Department about the progress on the project.
Observing that funds earmarked by the Railways for the State were inadequate to complete the projects in time, the committee felt that funds should be made available to finish all ongoing projects within the next five years.
Noting that the Daitari-Banspani railway project is vital to the industrialisation of the State, the committee recommended that Rs 75 crore be provided for the line during 2006-07 fiscal.
The committee also demanded Rs 150 crore for the Haridaspur-Daitari railway line project which is a vital link between the mineral rich belt and the proposed steel projects in the coastal districts.
The demand of funds for other railway lines are Lanjigarh-Junagarh ( Rs 90 crore), Khurda-Balangir (Rs 90 crore), Angul-Sukinda (Rs 50 crore), Talcher-Bimlagarh (Rs 30 crore) and Nuapara-Bimlagarh (Rs 50 crore).
The panel has suggested that survey be conducted for Gopalpur-Rayagada, Jajpur-Keonjhar, Sambalpur-Birmaharajpur via Berhampur and Balangir-Nuapara railway lines.