Travelling to Bihar, West Bengal or North-East by Indian Railways train? Tired of delays and slow trains? Well, that’s about to change in the coming years if some of the multi-crore railway projects announced by the Cabinet today come through! The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today approved many doubling and electrification projects across country. The railway projects will benefit the passengers in various ways, which will include reduction in train delays, faster trains and elimination of carbon emissions. For the Indian Railways it would mean capacity augmentation and smoother running of trains apart from deduction in fuel import dependency.
The Cabinet has approved the doubling and electrification of 116.95 km long Bhatni-Aurnihar line at a cost of Rs 1300.9 crore. The Bhatni-Aurnihar line project is scheduled to be over by 2021-22. The project will come as a relief to people commuting by railways across the eastern part of India, as it will lead to the decongestion of Mughalsarai-Allahabad route. It will imply faster trains, with less delays. With the development of the Bhatni-Aunihar project, which cover the districts of Deoria, Ballia, Mau and Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh, there will be a creation of direct employment of about 28.07 lakh man-days. Another major advantage of the project is that it will provide better connectivity to the Spiritual capital of India, Varanasi.
CCEA has also approved the doubling of 100.6 km long Muzaffarpur- Sagauli and the 109.7 km long Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar lines with electrification at a cost of Rs 1347.61 crore and Rs 1381.49 crore respectively. The projects will cover the districts of Muzaffarpur, East Champaran (Motihari) and West Champaran (Bettiah) in Bihar. The doubling and the electrification of railway lines in Bihar will make an tremendous impact on the state.
One of the main reasons is that the doubling and electrification of the Muzaffarpur-Sagauli and the Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar lines will lead to additional capacity, which will ease congestion and it will also help to reduce train delays. With more availability of maintenance blocks, the projects will also manage to increase passenger safety, which is one of the major concerns of railway commuters.
In an attempt to connect better with neighbouring countries, the ministry has also stated that doubling of railway lines in Champaran will provide better connectivity with Nepal, as Champaran is just located on the border with Nepal. The Ministry has also stated that the Muzaffarpur- Sagauli and Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar projects will give a boost to Bihar’s direct employment during construction of the projects and will generate 24.14 lakh man-days and 26.33 lakh man-days respectively.