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Railways invites tenders for bridge over Tel river

Bhubaneswar: The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has invited tenders for a big bridge over the Tel river as a part of the 289-km-long Khurda Road-Balangir new line project. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 23 crore.

The rail line project, sanctioned in 1994-95, will attach the western a part of the state to coastal Odisha via Khurda, Nayagarh, Boudh, Sonepur and Balangir. The proposed rail bridge shall be built over the Tel river, a big tributary of the Mahanadi, close to Sonepur town. The period of the bridge shall be around one km, which is able to make it the longest below the new line project.

The state govt shaped a joint venture with the ministry of railways to carry out the project. ECoR sources mentioned the confluence of the Tel river and the Mahanadi is set 2.five km away from the proposed bridge web site. During top flood season, the Mahanadi could have a robust affect on the bridge because of the confluence being just a few kilometres away. Keeping this in thoughts, the railways has proposed to offer 17 spans of 45.70 meter each and every to the bridge, mentioned the sources.

The railways has performed soil investigation. Steel girders made within the railway engineering workshop in Mughalsarai shall be used within the bridge for better high quality. The bridge is predicted to be built inside two years. Other rail line works will also be performed concurrently, mentioned a senior railway officer.

The railways has sanctioned Rs 350 crore in the intervening time finances this year for the Khurda Road-Balangir new line project. Only 66km between Khurda Road and Nayagarh stations from the Khurda Road side has been commissioned. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had flagged off a new train from the Balangir side.

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