Dear Honorable Chief Minister Mr. Patnaik,
Realising the practical scenario of Indian railway and politics involved in railway budget, it is difficult to reason whether Junagarh-Malkangiri via Nabarangpur and Jeypore as well as Lanjigarh road-Talcher via Phulbani and Boudh will ever be built in next 30 years.
Though your recent move to provide free land and share 50% of the cost of Khurdha-Balangir railway line by the state Government is lauded, it remains a fact that Odisha is not the only state that is sharing cost to develop railway infrastructure. Earlier Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana have already started sharing cost to bring railway infrastructure in their respective states.
To add to it, BJD and state Govt. continued in politics of blame game against central Govt., which may be good for public perception, but it is not solving the actual problem in hand. Supposing BJD's current political third front stand in the national politics, general national political mood, and BJD's probable coming back to power in Odisha, it is difficult to further rationalize of a new central Government in next May that would be sympathizing to Odisha's need in railway infrastructure, most likely the political equation of the state with the new central Govt. will further discourage railway development in the state, consequently, vision for bringing railway line to backward districts like Kandhamal, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri may remain as a dream for next few decades.
will make accessible to large part of inaccessible KBK and Kandhamal region from the state capital directly and help in countering Maoist activities in the region. Beside that this line will facilitate alumina/coal transportation for NALCO from its refinery in Damajodi to its Smelter in Angul by reducing distance about 100 km, thus, it has commercial and industrial benefits. State Govt. should also push NALCO, VAL, UAIL and other industrial house to get involve in this project.