BHUBANESWAR: The central government has sanctioned a new railway project for Kalahandi district in the Union Budget 2017. Railways will set up an Electric Loco Periodical Overhauling Workshop, a maintenance workshop for electric engines, at Narla in the district to be set up at an estimated cost of Rs 186.37 crore. It has sanctioned a token amount of Rs 1 lakh for the beginning of the project.
The railways had faced widespread criticism and protests from people of the state for shifting the proposed wagon maintenance workshop in Kalahandi district to Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh. Even chief minister Naveen Patnaik had taken up the issue with railway minister Suresh Prabhu to give an alternative project to the state.
Besides this, the railways will set up a new project, Freight Train Maintenance facility, at Maneswar in Sambalpur district. This goods train maintenance workshop will be established at an estimated cost of Rs 49.16 crore. Only Rs 1 lakh as token amount has been sanctioned for the project. - TOI