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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has requested Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to expedite the signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Odisha government and the Railways for the development of Bhubaneswar Railway Station. ‘
The agreement will be inked to develop the railway station into an international class as the state capital city has already earned the tag of a smart city and being developed accordingly.
In his letter to the Railway Minister, Naveen said, “As you are aware, the State Government has already offered to develop a modern Railway Station building with international class passenger amenities in the capital city of Bhubaneswar. As already agreed, the modern station facility is planned to be built on land belonging to State Government and is already designed as a multi modal hub which will be seamlessly integrated with the surrounding Smart City development.”
“The State Government has already engaged M/s Subama Jurong, Singapore, a Design Firm of international repute, for this purpose. One of the defining features of the proposed plan is to connect both sides of Railway Station through a very wide concourse for giving complete new experience to the passengers. This will involve construction over the Platforms and Railway lines,” the letter read.
“The MoU that was to be signed on 20.01.2018 envisaged taking up of the project in two phases. As the same could not be signed and the project has already been delayed considerably, it is proposed by the State Government that whole project may be taken in one phase. Accordingly, the State Government has moved for signing of revised MoU, which may be expeditiously approved by the Railways,” Patnaik mentioned in the letter.
“As the project is of immense importance to the citizens of the city for which the State Government is committed to fully bear the expenses for development of a modern and world-class station, I would, therefore, like to propose that the MoU may be signed at Bhubaneswar on a mutually convenient date,” the Chief Minister concluded.