Modi Cabinet gives nod for Indian Railways Aligarh-Harduaganj flyover over Delhi-Howrah main line; details

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Published: March 25, 2020 6:32:59 PM

Aligarh-Harduaganj railway flyover will facilitate all the trains coming in from the Howrah side to directly travel to Harduaganj. It will provide a direct route for these trains and will completely avoid crossing the mainline route

Indian RailwaysThe construction of the Aligarh-Harduaganj flyover project is expected to be completed in the next five years, (Representative image)

Aligarh-Harduaganj flyover: In a major infrastructural boost for the Indian Railways network in the North Central zone, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the construction of the Aligarh-Harduaganj flyover. According to the recent Cabinet decision, the construction of the railway flyover to be taken up by the Ministry of Railways, has been approved. K.S. Dhatwalia, Director and Principal Spokesperson, Press Information Bureau (PIB) shared on Twitter that the construction of the Aligarh-Harduaganj flyover project is expected to be completed in the next five years, i.e., by the year 2024-2025. The railway flyover will be built around 3 km away from the Aligarh railway station and will come under the North Central Railway (NCR) zone.

Aligarh-Harduaganj flyover – facts, benefits and other details:

  • The total length of the Aligarh-Harduaganj flyover will be 22 kilometres
  • The flyover will be built at a total cost of Rs 1285 crore, according to PIB.

Present situation: At the Aligarh junction railway station, the Bareilly-Aligarh branch line terminates. The trains which are coming in from the Howrah side and are travelling towards the Harduaganj or Bareilly area, cross the Howrah-New Delhi main route. This route is the busiest section of the Indian Railways network.

  • Due to the heavy traffic on the section, there is almost no path or area available for the major surface crossing of the loaded freight trains, which are coming in from the Howrah side and are travelling towards the Harduaganj or Bareilly areas.
  • This situation often results in a heavy detention of trains at the Aligarh junction railway station. The Aligarh station has become a site of extreme congestion on the railway network. The heavy traffic on the section has also caused train delays and sometimes, the wagons of freight trains have to turn around on the operational route, due to the congestion.

Benefits of Aligarh-Harduaganj flyover:

  • In order to solve the problem of train delays, congestion and bunching up of freight trains on this section, a flyover at Aligarh, which goes over the existing Delhi-Howrah main line is an operational necessity for the network
  • The railway flyover will facilitate all the trains coming in from the Howrah side to directly travel to Harduaganj and Bareilly. It will provide a direct route for these trains and will completely avoid crossing the mainline route
  • The railway flyover is however, essentially required to eliminate the congestion at the Aligarh junction railway station and the Howrah-New Delhi main line.
  • With the construction of flyover, providing direct access from Aligarh to Harduaganj, the delays and detentions of operations will be completely avoided.

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