Bhubaneswar: Hundreds of people from undivided Koraput district on Sunday met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at his residence Naveen Nivas and thanked him for expediting the process for Jeypore-Nabarangpur rail link.
MPs Balabhadra Majhi, A.V. Swamy, Jhina Hikaka, minister Ramesh Majhi and others were present during the meeting.
The Central government has sanctioned Rs 784 crores for the 38 km long Jeypore- Nabarangpur New Broad Gauge Railway Line in the current budget.
Out of the total sanctioned amount, Rs. 664.92 crore rupees will be spent on the construction of civil work for the Broad Gauge Railway Line, while Rs 24.64 crores and Rs. 58.35 crores will be spent on the signal and telecom and electrification respectively.
As per the MoU signed between the Centre and Odisha government in October, 2016, the state government will provide the entire land free of cost and share 50 percent of the project cost of the Jeypore-Nabarangpur Rail project.
Once completed, the project will benefit people of seven districts.