To boost railway connectivity and ease congestion in eastern and central India, the CCEA on Tuesday approved doubling, new-line and electrification projects worth Rs 11,662 crore that are expected to create 211.74 lakh persondays of work. These projects will likely ease commuting in states such as Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, apart from northeast. The Cabinet also approved the setting up of a Rs 60,000 crore, four-year National Urban Housing Fund that would finance the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).
“This will provide an added momentum to the pace of implementation (of the yojana),” minister of housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri said. The rail projects include doubling and electrification of the Muzaffarpur-Sagauli, Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar, Jhansi-Manikpur, Bhimsen-Khairar and Bhatni-Aurnihar lines.