Odisha government has provided 4,376 acres of private land to the East Coast Railway (ECoR) for the execution of main five big railway projects in the state. These are four new railway lines – Khurda Road -Bolangir, Paradip-Haridaspur, Angul-Sukinda and Talcher-Bimalagarh, and Sambalpur-Talcher doubling. The state has handed over 1411.8 acres of private land for the 289-km-long Khurda Road-Bolangir project out of 6281.6 acres of land requisitioned for the project. This year, the Centre has sanctioned Rs 700 crore for this project. The railway has completed only 54 km from Khurda Road side. It has not completed the first patch of 19 km from Bolangir due to delay in land acquisition. Target of the project is March 2021. The state also provided 1204.4 acres for Angul-Sukinda project (104 km) out of the total 1229.9 acres. It will still take one more years to complete the project by June 2018. Haridaspur-Paradip (82 km) project got 1471.3 acres of private land. This significant project is expected to be completed by March 2018. Talcher-Bimalagarh (154 km) new line project got 264.2 acres of private land out of 700 acres. The target of the project is March 2021. The fifth one, Sambalpur-Talcher (174 km) doubling project, got 23.9 acres out of 112.4 acres requisitioned for this. The railway has set a target to complete it in March 2020.
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