Prime minister Narendra Modi has approved the construction of a new 130km-long railway line between Jeypore and Malkangiri in India.
The Rs. 2676.11 crore (∼€335 million) project is due to be complete by 2022.
Malkangiri, a district within the state of Odisha, currently has no railway connectivity and is one of 115 districts that have been identified as needing development as Modi works towards a vision of a ‘New India’ by 2022 – when India will celebrate 75 years of independence.
Another ‘aspirational district’, Koraput, will also be covered in the project.
Along the route, the new line will stop at Boipariguda, Tanginiguda, Mathili and Pondripani.
India’s railway ministry said that the new line will create jobs, support the industrial development of the area and bring about socio-economic benefits.