Bhubaneswar: As per the announcement he had made during last visit to Balasore, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has sanctioned Rs 1.55 crore from the MPLAD Scheme for development of Bahanaga village and Balasore.
Shri Vaishnaw had met the first responders at the accident site, local people, villagers, members of NGOs etc. during his visit to Bahanaga Bazar and Balasore on June 20 & 21, 2023.
He appreciated their effort to save the lives of many passengers. Local residents interacted with the Union Minister and raised certain demands for the area.
Shri Vaishnaw has fulfilled his promise within two weeks and 2 High masts with floodlights have already been provided for proper lighting and visibility of the area, a Railway official said.
To improve the drainage system, installation of new Hume pipes is going on in full swing. Trenching has already been done, materials are available at the site and work will be completed very soon.
The Minister has given emphasis on fast-tracked completion of this developmental work.
For improvement of local area, Vaishnaw has sanctioned a fund of Rs. 1 crore for various developmental works at Bahanaga & nearby villages including construction of 5 Community Centres and Hall with provision of toilet & cold drinking water with RO, construction of Children Park & Gym near Basuli High School, strengthening of Road from NH-16 to Level Crossing No. 95, repairing of Sartira Village Road at Sathi, improvement of Pranabandhu Bidyapitha School playground, provision of 42 Solar Street Lights etc.
To fulfill his commitment, he has also sanctioned Rs. 35 lakhs for Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulance for District Headquarters Hospital, Balasore.
Moreover, Rs. 20 Lakh has been sanctioned for one Modular Operation Theatre at Balasore Lions Eye Hospital.
With the special initiatives and constant supervision by the Minister, the above projects will be executed soon, the official said.