Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said a Centre-State working group would be formed soon to decide on setting up the proposed wagon repair factory or any other railway project at Narla in Kalahandi district soon.
“There are plans to set up two projects in Odisha one of which is at Narla in Kalahandi district. A working group would be formed to see the project established at Narla, which will economically viable and commercially profitable. If the proposed wagon factory is not possible, another project will be considered for Narla,” Prabhu told reporters after the meeting.
He said the panel would take a final decision on Narla project within one and a half months time.
The Union Minister too said that a joint venture company (JVC) would be formed to maintain coordination between the Centre and the State for speeding up various ongoing railway projects in the State.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said talks with the Railway Minister were satisfactory. “Narla wagon repair factory, railway connectivity to Malkangiri and Nabarangpur and other ongoing projects were discussed,” Patnaik told reporters.
The Chief Minister said progress of various projects would be reviewed through video-conferencing every month.
Among others, Chief Secretary AP Padhi, Additional Chief Secretary to CM UN Behar and senior Railway officials were present.