1. Indian Railways’ big Rs 24,000 crore spend: From MP, AP, Maharashtra to Assam and UP; 9 projects for 9 states

Indian Railways’ big Rs 24,000 crore spend: From MP, AP, Maharashtra to Assam and UP; 9 projects for 9 states

Indian Railways is going big on expansion of railway network across the country, and the latest booster shot in this attempt is the Cabinet approval for Rs 24,374.86 crore projects.

By: | Published: August 25, 2016 1:37 PM
Indian Railways, Indian Railways latest news, Indian Railways Suresh Prabhu, Suresh Prabhu railway minister The projects will cover the nine states of Assam, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. (File photo of Indian Railways)

Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways is going big on expansion of railway network across the country, and the latest booster shot in this attempt is the Cabinet approval for Rs 24,374.86 crore projects. The projects will cover the nine states of Assam, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. According to the government, the projects will not only facilitate in connectivity, but would also help upcoming industries in the various regions that they will be undertaken in. The projects will provide additional transport capacity to the industry, the government says.

The railway expansion worth over Rs 24,000 crore will cover a total length of 1,937.38 kilometre. The biggest of in terms of cost would be the construction of a third line between Mathura and Jhansi. The total cost of this project will be Rs 4,377.13 crore and it would cover 273.80 km rail track length.

1) Third line between Itarsi and Nagpur: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by PM Narendra Modi, has given its approval for construction of a third line between Itarsi and Nagpur. This is estimated to cost Rs 2,449.91 crore. The expected completion cost of the project is Rs 2,882.94 crore.

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The 280 km long railway line is likely to be completed in five years. Hoshangabad, Chhindwara and Betul districts of Madhya Pradesh and Nagpur district of Maharashtra will be covered by this line. “To cope up with the local demands and to have smooth movement of goods traffic, it is essential to construct 3rd line on Dharakoh-Maramjhiri Ghat Section (12.75 km) and balance on the Itarsi-Nagpur section (267 km),” says the government.

2) Third line between Ballarshah-Kazipet: This line between Ballarshah and Kazipet is estimated to cost Rs 2,063.03 crore. The completion cost, as per the CCEA release is Rs 2,403.22 crore. The 201.04 km long railway line is expected to be completed in five years.

Indian Railways expansion, Indian Railways state projects, railway line expansion, modi government railways The railway expansion worth over Rs 24,000 crore will cover a total length of 1,937.38 kilometre.

Besides facilitating the travel, power plants, coal and cement traffic will have additional transport capacity to meet their requirement, the government says. Warangal, Adilabad and Karimnagar districts of Telengana and Chandrapur district of Maharashtra will be covered by this line.

3) Third line between Jhansi and Bina: With this line, the goods trains passing through this section will get adequate capacity, hopes Railways. Jhansi and Lalitpur districts of Uttar Pradesh and Sagar district (Bina) of Madhya Pradesh will be covered and the 152.57 km long railway line is expected to be completed in four years. The estimated cost of the line is Rs 2001.63 crore and expected completion cost is Rs 2,273.84 crore.

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4) Third line between Vijaywada Junction and Gudur Junction: The 287.67 km long railway line is expected to be completed in six years. With this line, foodgrains traffic to southern states and goods traffic for Krishnapatnam and nearby ports will have additional transport capacity to meet their requirement. Krishna, Guntur, Prakasham and P.S. Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh will be covered by this line. The estimated cost is Rs 3,246.26 crore and the expected completion cost of Rs 3,875.68 crore.

5) Third line between Mathura and Jhansi: The 273.80 km long railway line is expected to be completed in six years. The goods trains passing through this section will now have adequate capacity. Mathura, Agra, Jhansi districts of Uttar Pradesh, Datiya, Gwalior, Morena districts of Madhya Pradesh and Dholpur district of Rajasthan will be covered by this line. The estimated cost of the line is Rs 3,677.76 crore and expected completion cost is Rs 4,377.13 crore.

6) Fourth line between Jharsuguda and Bilaspur: The 206 km long railway line is expected to be completed in five years. The industries, coal fields, lime stone and dolomite mines, cement and steel plants in the region will now have additional transport capacity. Jharsuguda district in Odisha and Raigarh, Janjgir-Naila and Bilaspur district of Chhatisgarh will be covered by this line. The estimated cost of the line is Rs 1,973.46 crore and its expected completion cost is Rs 2,298.31 crore.

7) Third line between Rajnandgaon-Nagpur (Kalumna): The 228.3 km long railway line is expected to be completed in five years. Vrious industries, mines, coal fields and power plants will benefit from this. Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh and Gondia, Bhandara and Nagpur districts of Maharashtra will be the major beneficiaries. This is at an estimated cost of Rs 1,908.51 crore and expected completion cost of Rs 2,193.53 crore.

8) Third line between Kharagpur (Nimpur) and Adityapur: The 132 km long railway line is expected to be completed in four years. It will greatly ease the ever increasing freight traffic between these sections. The estimated cost is Rs 1,312.44 crore and the expected completion cost is Rs 1,483.36 crore. It is estimated that about 57.21 additional freight trains per day each way will move over the project section in the 6th year of the project. Therefore, capacity enhancement of the route will ease the traffic bottlenecks and will bring more revenue to Indian Railways.

9) Second line between New Bongaigaon and Kamakhya of Northeast Frontier Railway in Assam: The 176 km long railway line is expected to be completed in five years during 12th and 13th Plan period. Upcoming industries in the region will have additional transport capacity to meet their requirements. The estimated cost is Rs 2,232.32 crore and the expected completion cost is Rs 2,586.85 crore. “With the commissioning of Bogibeel Bridge, traffic in the project section will increase manifold. Thus, doubling of New Bongaigaon-Kamakhya via Goalpara would augment its line capacity for smooth running of trains through the section,” says Indian Railways.

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    bala
    Aug 25, 2016 at 1:15 pm
    In Maharastra so many places there are no second line. For e.g. from dound to solapiur and further the trains are running only on single line. It is not understood whose idea to have third line without provisioning second line in so many places.
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