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CCEA approves 130km-long Jeypore-Malkangiri new rail line project

New Delhi, February 20, 2018: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday approved 130 km long Jeypore-Malkangiri New Line project at a completion cost of Rs 2676.11 crore.

The project is likely to be completed by 2021-22. The project will cover Koraput and Malkangiri districts of Odisha.

The proposed new line will connect Malkangiri, Boipariguda, Tanginiguda, Mathili, Pondripani Road and other major towns to Jeypore station on the existing Kottavalasa-Kirandul line.

Further, connectivity to important towns like Koraput, Jeypore, Jagdalpur, Dantewara will improve. It will also result in short lead to many other places of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

At present Malkangiri has no connectivity with railways. The new line will provide basic infrastructure support for overall development including industrial development of the area having large socio economic ramifications. This project will provide connectivity to this region, and will help provide economic opportunities to the people of these regions. This will also help in combating left wing extremism through development.

In addition, this project will generate direct employment during construction of about 31.2 lakh mandays.

Malkangiri and Koraput districts are among the identified left wing extremism (LWE) affected districts in the country.

These areas are also amongst the 115 aspirational districts. The PM has given a clarion call to develop these districts to help achieve the vision of New India by 2022.



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