16 April, Bhubaneswar
Railways minister Suresh Prabhu Saturday said the Railways and the Odisha government will form a joint venture company to expedite various rail projects in the state.
Prabhu, who arrived here on a two-day visit to the state, met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Nivas and both discussed about the implementation of various railway projects in the state.
Later, talking to media persons, Prabhu said for the first time the Central government has provided huge fund in the railway budget for Odisha and the Centre is ready to invest more in Odisha to see that the state is developed in the railways.
On the fate of the Railway Wagon Maintenance factory proposed by the Railway budget in Kalahandi, the Union Minister said a working group will be formed with the officials of the state and central government to take up the issue.
Prabhu hoped that Odisha will emerge as the most developed state in the country and railways will play a major contribution for the development of the state.
He further said more areas in the state will be brought under the rail network.
Patnaik drew the attention of the Union Minister about the railway projects in Kalahandi and rail connectivity in the Naxal infested Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts of the state.
He said the officials of the state government and the railway ministry will discuss the various ongoing railway projects every month through video conferencing.
Prabhu will attend the 61st Railway Week National Award function in the evening being organised by the East Coast Railways and will felicitate the awardees for their contribution for their commendable performance and dedication to their duty.
Railway Board Chairman and members will grace the occasion.
As many as 221 railway employees all over the country, including 17 Zonal railways and other production units, will be awarded at the function.
Prabhu will formally launch the WiFi service at the Bhubaneswar Railway station at a function here tomorrow.