Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: The conversion of the railway line between Naupada and Parlakhemundi, which is part of 90-km length conversion of railway line between Naupada and Gunupur, is nearing completion and would be commissioned soon. Only minor components of works like level crossing gates remain to be completed. Work on this 106-year-old line between Naupada and Gunupur had commenced in 2005.The original estimated cost of the project was Rs.90 crores and but it had escalated to Rs.125 crores now. The length of the line between Naupada and Parlakhemundi is 40 km of which 34 km falls in the State.

According to Deputy Chief Engineer (Constructions) Victor Joseph, the survey for the extension of line beyond Gunupur and up to Tiruvali was going on. Once this was connected to the mainline in Rayagada, there would be a saving of 100 km journey for the trains running between Raipur and Jharsuguda.

He said the junction arrangement at Vizianagaram had been causing some problems and to avoid this a bypass line was proposed at Vizianagaram. The survey had been completed for this 8-km line costing about Rs.80 crores and was sent to the headquarters. This bypass line would have a flyover, he said.