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Railways gets a major boost; 6 new lines, 1 bridge approved by CCEA

 

DELHI

In a major boost for the Indian Railways, the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister NarendraModi, has approved construction of six railway lines and a railway bridge to cater to both increased passenger and freight needs in various areas of the country. The proposals will cost over Rs.10,700 crore and most part of the expenditure will be met through extra budgetary resources (Institutional Financing). Details of the six approved projects are as follows:

1)   Doubling of Hubli-Chickajur railway line

Doubling of 190 km long Hubli-Chickajur broad gauge single railway line at an expenditure of Rs.1294.13 crore. The project is likely to be completed over 4¼ years during 13th Plan period and will cover the areas of Chitradurga, Davangere, Haveri and Dharwad.

The entire route from Pune-Miraj-Hubli-Bengalore has been identified for doubling. This will improve smooth flow of traffic and boost overall development of the region. This stretch is part of an important rail link of passenger trains between Mumbai and Bangalore and goods trains to the ports at Mangalore.

2)   Construction of Wardha (Sewagram) – Ballarshah 3rd railway line

The 132 km project will be taken up at an estimated completion cost of Rs.1443.32 crore and is likely to be completed in five years during the 13th Plan period and will be located in Wardha and Chandrapur districts.

3)   Doubling of Ramna-Singrauli railway line

Doubling of the 160 km long Ramna – Singarauli railway line has been approved at a cost Rs.2675.64 crore and is likely to be completed by 2019-20. The project will cover the districts of Garhwa in Jharkhand, Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh and Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh.

The Ramna-Singrauli section falls in Dhanbad Division of East Central Railway.  At present, the traffic utilization on this section is 105% resulting in detention of trains and loss of revenue.  Doubling of this single line will bring in the much needed relief.

4)   Construction of 3rd railway line between Anuppur-Katni

Construction of 165 km long 3rd railway line between Anuppur-Katni in Madhya Pradesh has also been apporved at a cost of Rs.1595.76 crore. The project is likely to be completed in 5 ¼ years spanning over 12th and 13th plan period. The project would cover the districts of Anuppur, Shahdol, Umaria and Katni districts of Madhya Pradesh.

5)   Doubling of Katni-Singrauli railway line

Construction of doubling of 261 km long Katni – Singarauli railway at a cost of Rs.2084.90crore has been approved. The project will be completed in 5 ¼ years.  The project would cover the districts of Katni, Shahdol, Sidhi and Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh. The Katni-Singrauli is a critical and busy section carrying coal from Northern Coal Fields towards Western and Northern thermal power plants.

6)   Construction of additional Bridge and doubling project of Rampur Dumra-Tal-Rajendrapul

Construction of additional Bridge and doubling project of Rampur Dumra-Tal-Rajendrapulsector in Bihar at a cost of Rs.1700.24 crore has also got CCEA’s approval today. The project is likely to be completed by 2019-20.  The project is located in Begusarai and Patna districts of Bihar. The present traffic utilization of the section is 123.5% with it being the only railway bridge connecting both North and South Bihar.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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