Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA), in its efforts to improve Indian Railways connectivity in the country has approved three railway projects with a total length of 700 kms, an IANS report said. Here are the three railway projects that the Cabinet approved of today:
1) Guntur-Guntakal rail line project: Speaking to reporters, after the Cabinet meeting, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said that Centre has approved doubling and electrification of 401.47 km Guntur-Guntakal rail line project in Andhra Pradesh. He added that the project would cost Rs 4,201 crore. It will also improve the traffic to Amravati.
As per IANS, the minister also pointed out that the project will be funded through cost sharing in a 50:50 ratio between state government and the Ministry of Railways.Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to inform about the clearance of the project. “CCEA has approved the construction of double line with electrification between Guntur-Guntakal in Andhra Pradesh”, he tweeted.
2) Manmad-Jalgaon rail project: While speaking about this project, the minister said that the cabinet also cleared the laying of 160 km third line on Manmad-Jalgaon rail project and its electrification, which was approved in the 2016-17 budget, the IANS said. Piyush Goyal further said that project would cost Rs 1,198 crore and added that the project would improve train services on the Delhi-Mumbai and Mumbai-Kolkata route, the agency report added further.
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3) Phephana-Indara and Mau-Shahganj rail line projects: The minister, while announcing CCEA’s third decision, said it also approved the 150 km doubling and electrification of the Phephana-Indara and Mau-Shahganj (excluding Indara-Mau) rail line projects in Uttar Pradesh. He pointed out that the project which would cost Rs 1,190.98 crore, is expected to be completed in five years, IANS said.