Bhubaneswar: It took railway minister Suresh Prabhu just three minutes to accept a proposal for a new railway line in Odisha. The approval came through on Twitter as soon as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted an offer to share half the project cost.
Patnaik had proposed the new line between Puri and Konark on the microblogging site at 10.05 pm on Friday night and it was approved at 10.08 pm.
CM @Naveen_Odisha proposes state sharing 50% of project cost for new rail line from Puri to Konark to boost tourism potential in #Odisha 1/3 pic.twitter.com/5tt2r0Ma3P— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) April 28, 2017
"CM @Naveen_Odisha urged upon Union Min @sureshpprabhu for early sanction of this project & signing an MoU for timely completion," the CM's tweet said.
Prabhu immediately tweeted back saying:
We are ready to sign it any day,we are waiting for it, as it was our initiative to share ownership with states of these JVs. @Naveen_Odisha https://t.co/LTurg6jsYv— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) April 28, 2017
Patnaik also said that with state's contribution, the rate of return would be more than 20 per cent for the railways, PTI reported.