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  1. Big boost for Indian Railways: Rs 24,000 crore rail infrastructure projects get green signal

Big boost for Indian Railways: Rs 24,000 crore rail infrastructure projects get green signal

Giving a big push to the infrastructure sector in the country, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, today approved nine projects worth about Rs 24,000 crore in nine states for expansion of railway network and connectivity across the country.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 25, 2016 1:39 PM
The Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the green signal to create a capacity to carry 1.5 billion tonnes of goods by 2020.(Associated Press) The Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the green signal to create a capacity to carry 1.5 billion tonnes of goods by 2020.(Associated Press)

Giving a big push to the infrastructure sector in the country, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, today approved nine projects worth about Rs 24,000 crore in nine states for expansion of railway network and connectivity across the country.

The CCEA chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi have given green signal the massive line expansion programme that involves track construction of a total length of 1937.38 km at an estimated cost of Rs 24,374.86 crore, said a release.

The nine projects include the 176 km long construction of second railway line between New Bongaigaon and Kamakhya, the 132 km long third line between Kharagpur (Nimpura) and Adityapur (Jharkhand) and 228.3 km long construction of the third line between Rajnandgaon and Nagpur in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.

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

Construction of 273.80 km long third line between Mathura and Jhansi and 152.57 km long third line between Jhansi and Bina, the 280 km long third line between Itarsi and Nagpur, the 201.04 km long third line between Ballarshah and Kazipet was approved by CCEA.

Construction of 3rd line between Vijaywada and Gudur, 287.68 km long third line between Vijaywada and Gudur and the 206 km long construction of fourth line between Jharsuguda and Bilaspur was also approved by the CCEA.
Besides facilitating the travel by easing the traffic bottlenecks, the approved lines would help the upcoming industries in the region and additional transport capacity to meet their requirements.

The goods trains supplying foodgrains from one region to another, various industries, mines, coal fields and power plants will have additional transport capacity through these lines resulting in more revenues to the Railways.
The move is aimed at creating a capacity to carry 1.5 billion tonne of goods by 2020.

It is a huge capacity augmentation programme aimed at decongesting the main trunk routes for faster movement of coal, minerals, steel and other commodities and introduction of more mail and express trains, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Third line/Fourth line projects approved are on North South and East West corridors on Golden Quadrangle which is fully saturated.

These lines play an important role in transportation of freight and passenger traffic from Eastern and Southern regions to Northern and Western regions and vice versa.

At present number of passenger and goods trains in this section are far more than its capacity, resulting in heavy detention to trains.

The nine projects include seven 3rd line, one 4th line and one doubling.

These projects are essentially required for removing capacity constraints, reducing detention and to cater for traffic growth in future.

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    bibekananda das
    Aug 26, 2016 at 10:24 am
    Go ahead and keep on developing india.monitor the project and make answerable the officers to complete the project intime.
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      Bhupinder
      Aug 25, 2016 at 1:20 pm
      Many states will be beneed with this expansion of rly lines. Good job by the govt.
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        Sankaragururaman Doraiswamy
        Aug 25, 2016 at 11:59 am
        It would be better to consider development and better transportation in tamilnadu state also
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          Darshan Mankotia
          Aug 26, 2016 at 2:52 am
          It's a fantastic news , also generate blistering pace to undertake the construction. 👍👍👍👍👍👍
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            P s
            Aug 25, 2016 at 11:58 am
            Idea is not just to announce and sit on files only implementation is key to success. put some energetic officers from railways in charge of the project and one man from pmo to moniter. Give them specific instruction of do s and do not. Plan will get executed fast without cost over run.
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            1. Rohit Nigam
              Aug 25, 2016 at 11:26 am
              well done suresh prabhu sir..keep it..
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                Vinay Sharma
                Aug 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm
                It's a great solid step in railway network reforms
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                  Divakaran
                  Aug 25, 2016 at 2:41 pm
                  Great ! Great ! First ever in our country .Why don't we collect Re1/= per every ticket as development fund .
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                    Divakaran
                    Aug 25, 2016 at 2:46 pm
                    Great! Great! Why don't we collect Re1/= per ticket for development.Think of it .
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