Odisha 2023-24 budget provides Rs 19,452 crore for transport infrastructure


Odisha government has made an allocation of Rs 19,452 crore for roads, bridges, airports and railways infrastructure in 2023-24 budget proposal, which is 34% higher from a year earlier.

Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari said an outlay of Rs 320 crore has been proposed for development of railway projects during 2023-24. The amount will be spent as state contribution for Khurda Road-Balangir, Jeypore-Nabarangpur, Jeypore-Malkanagiri and Bargarh-Nuapada new railway line projects.

The state government has also allocated Rs 275 crore for construction of a greenfield Shri Jagannath International airport at Puri, renovation and expansion of Jeypore airport in Koraput, Utkela in Kalahandi, Rangeilunda in Ganjam and Malkangiri airstrip besides the maintenance of state-owned airstrips.

Finance Minister has kept Rs 45 crore towards viability gap funding subsidy under UDAN scheme for connecting the airports of Jharsuguda, Jeypore and upcoming state airports.

Under Ama Bus Stand initiative, Rs 150 crore has been allocated for construction of 50 new bus stands.

An outlay of Rs 80 crore has been made to establish truck terminals in Angul, Bhadrak, Balasore, Kendrapada, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Sundargarh and Nabarangpur districts.