The Odisha state government has sought the Centre’s help for expeditious implementation of three economically crucial railway projects connecting different ports to promote maritime transport. These three projects include Gopalpur-Rairakhol railway link project, Buramara-Chakulia rail link project and Badampahar-Keonjhar rail link project.
Commerce and transport minister Padmanabha Behera, during a recent meeting of Sagarmala committee, demanded that the three projects be sponsored under the Sagarmala scheme. “The Gopalpur port has high potential to serve the heavy steel and mining industries of Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The port is connected to the Howrah-Chennai route.
The present rail connectivity arrangement is posing a limiting constraint for future growth of rail-borne traffic to Gopalpur port,” said Behera. While the Odisha Rail Infrastructure Development Limited has completed the survey and prepared the detailed project report.