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54 projects worth ₹63k cr identified for Odisha under Sagarmala

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BHUBANESWAR : The Union minister of ports, shipping and waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal informed in Rajya Sabha said, 54 projects worth Rs 63,000 crore have been identified for implementation in Odisha under the Centre’s ambitious Sagarmala programme that aims to bring change in the country’s logistics sector by unlocking the potential of its coastline and waterways and modernization of the ports connectivity, industrialization, coastal community developmen, shipping and inland waterways.

“These projects are being implemented by major ports, central ministries, Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), Indian Railways, National Highways Authority of India and various state agencies,” said Sonowal while replying to a query by BJD member N Bhaskar Rao.

While 16 of the 54 projects worth Rs 6,560 crore has already been completed, 21 projects, costing around Rs 31,896 crore, are under different stages of implementation. “Similarly, implementation of 17 more projects worth Rs 24,700 crore will be taken up soon,” said the Union minister.

According to his reply, projects already completed under Sagarmala include development of the Haridaspur-Paradip new railway line (Rs 1,845 crore), mechanization of three berths at Paradip Port (Rs 1,438 crore), multi-purpose berth at Paradip Port to handle clean cargo including container (Rs 431 crore), construction of deep draft iron ore export berth in Paradip (Rs 740 crore) and development of an inland waterways terminal at Paradip Port (Rs 80 crore).

Some of the major railway projects including doubling of line from Sambalpur to Talcher, doubling of Titlagarh-Sambalpur line, development of Angul-Sukhinda new line, construction of Banspani-Daitari-Tomka-Jakhapura rail line and construction of Talcher-Bimalgarh line have also been taken up under the Sagarmala project.

Development of the proposed national waterway-5 from Talcher to Dhamra and Paradip on Brahrnani and Mahanadi rivers, construction of greenfield electronics manufacturing cluster at info valley near the state capital, laying of pipeline from Paradip to Hyderabad and development of a smart industrial port city in Paradip are also part of the Sagarmala initiative.

As the state government has decided to develop a riverine port on Mahanadi at Mahakalapada in Kendrapada district, the Union minister, in his reply, said the project will also be taken up under Sagarmala.

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