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Centre, Odisha differ on place of signing MoU for world class railway station

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Bhubaneswar, May 22, 2018: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday invited Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to come to Odisha for signing of the MoU between Odisha Government and Indian Railways for a new and world class railway station building in Bhubaneswar.

Earlier, Goyal requested Patnaik to sign the MoU for development of Bhubaneswar railway station in New Delhi.

The State Government will fully bear the expenses of the proposed project, for which international design firm Subarna Jurong, Singapore has already been engaged.

The project is designed as a multi-modal hub which will be seamlessly integrated with surrounding Smart City development. It will connect both sides of the station through a very wide concourse, giving a completely new experience to the passengers.

Underscoring its importance for citizens of Bhubaneswar, Patnaik sought expediting the MoU signing, which has been delayed considerably and project execution in single phase instead of the previously proposed two phases.

“This will involve the MoU that was to be signed on 20.01.2018 envisaged taking up of the project in two phases. As the same could not be signed and the project has already been delayed considerably, it is proposed by the State Government that whole project may be taken in one phase. Accordingly, State Government has moved for signing of revised MoU, which may be expeditiously approved by the Railways,” said Patnaik.

“As the project  is of immense  importance  to the  citizens  of the  city for  which  the  State Government  is committed   to fully  bear the expenses for  development   of a modern  and world- class Station, I would,  therefore,  like to propose that  the MoU may be signed  at Bhubaneswar on a mutually  convenient  date,” urged Patnaik.

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