Rourkela: Works on the Talcher-Bimlagarh railway line, which has been stalled for a long time due to land obstacles on the Bimlagarh side, are expected to resume as soon as the Union Ministry of Railways agrees to provide the compensation. needed by land losers. Reports say that Rs 37 crore is required to pay compensation to landowners who would spare their land for the railway project. ‘Koshal Janata Dal’ spokesman Surma Mishra, through a letter, had drawn Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attention to the deadlock in the ambitious rail project.
Following the letter, it was learned that the Ministry of Railways hinted to the Sundargarh Collector that the required funds would be disbursed to the beneficiaries. The Chief Administrator (Construction) of the East Coast Railway (ECoR) in a letter to the District Administration said funds would not be a constraint for the rail project. “Funds for the project will be provided to the Sundargarh Collector,” the letter reads. ECoR has agreed to pay the increased amount of land compensation for Bimlagarh. The tax collector is expected to speed up the land acquisition process by paying the increased compensation amount to the landowners.
The Talcher-Bimlagarh railway line, a key infrastructure project, has remained on hold despite regular monitoring by the Prime Minister’s Office and its inclusion in the Proactive Governance and Rapid Implementation (PRAGATI) Platform. It should be noted here that the Talcher-Bimlagarh railway line project has not progressed as ECoR could not physically take possession of the remaining land on the Bimlagarh side. Sundargarh district administration was supposed to secure land by March 2022 to start work on Bimlagarh side. Some locals had earlier written to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asking for his direct intervention to remove land barriers.