Aiming at faster movement of trains, the railways have commissioned the electrification of 140-km-long Ghaziabad-Moradabad section, a key link between Delhi and Howrah, at an estimated cost of Rs 155 crore.
The electrified section will be used as an alternative rail link for the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Moradabad-Lucknow-Sultanpur- Varanasi-Mughalsarai route bypassing the over-saturated Delhi-Kanpur-Allahabad-Mughalsarai section.
This will result in faster movement of passenger trains and higher traffic throughout on Varanasi-Lucknow-Moradabad-Delhi route, an official release said.
Mahamana Express, scheduled to be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is the first Mail/Express train on this electrified route.
Introduction of suburban trains on Ghaziabad-Moradabad section will also provide faster rail link between Delhi and Ghaziabad to the towns and rural centres in western UP.
Faster movement of freight trains on electric traction will help the agricultural sector, sugar industry, and craft industry of Uttar Pradesh to have better access with the rest of the country and boost the economy of the state.