Railways Allocate Record-High Capital Outlay for Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has  received the highest-ever  outlay of Rs 10,012 crore  for railways in the budget  allocation for 2023-24. Whil e the St a t e had demanded Rs 8,400 crore  for railway infrastructure,  Prime Minister Narendra
Modi has allocated Rs 10,012 crore, which Rs 1,612 crore more than the  funds sought, Union Railway Minister Aswini  Vaishnaw said. Addressing a presser over  video conference from Delhi, Vaishnaw said that  280 kms of railway tracks  will be laid in Odisha and 57  railway stations will be modernised during the aforementioned period. The Lingaraj Road Station will  be developed to be used as a transit point for tourists who would arrive at Bhubaneswar  Airport for going to Puri, the Union Minister said. “We have chalked out plans to run battery-operated or  hydrogen powered vehicles from Bhubaneswar Airport to  Lingaraj Road station, for the tourists proceeding towards  Puri, he said, adding that the PM, under ‘Purvodaya’ (development of the east), has laid focus on Odisha.
The Minister added, “The allocation for railways in Odisha  for the period 2022-23 was around Rs 9,900 crore and the  State witnessed impressive growth in infrastrucutre and  amenities sectors. This year’s allocation for railways in
Odisha is a record.”