Sunday, April 13, 2008

Complete Khurda-Balangir Project: Lenka

The New Indian Express, April 13, 2008

BHUBANESWAR: Former Union minister Kanhu Charan Lenka has said that the Railways should complete the Khurda-Balangir railway line project in the next five years.

Alleging that the delay in completion of the project has sparked off resentment among the people of the State, Lenka said that the work on the railway line has been going on for the last 14 years.

The proposal for the Khurda-Balangir railway line was given by the Bengal-Nagpur Rail (BNR) company in 1945. Survey work for the project was completed by 1993.

Besides giving a boost to the development of backward regions of the State, after completion of the railway line the distance between Bombay and Bhubaneswar will be reduced by 250 km, he said. Lenka said that he will meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to apprise them of the situation.

Singh was the Finance Minister when he approved the project in 1993 while Pranab Mukherjee was chairman of the Planning Commission, the former Union minister said.

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