Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik proposed the Centre to share half of the project cost of the new railway line from Puri to Konark.
Naveen said the new rail line will boost tourism potential in the golden triangle circuit and local economy of the heritage city. It will be an extremely profitable venture for Railways. He urged upon railway minister Suresh Prabhu for early sanction of this project and signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for timely completion of the project.
Patnaik further said that with state contribution, the rate of return will be more than 20 per cent and extremely profitable for Railways. It was announced by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the twitter handle of @CMO_Odisha.
In reply to this, Suresh Prabhu expressed his desire to go ahead with the formalities of signing the agreement.
Survey work of the new line has been completed, said railway sources.