Cabinet approve rail infrastructure projects worth Rs 24,000 crore

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved nine projects worth about Rs 24,000 crore for expansion of railway network and connectivity across the country.

The CCEA, which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given green signal to the 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.

The nine projects comprise the 176 km long construction of the 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.

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.

The CCEA also approved the construction of the 3rd line between Vijayawada and Gudur, 287.68 km long third line between Vijayawada and Gudur and the 206 km long construction of the fourth line between Jharsuguda and Bilaspur.

The approved lines, besides facilitating the travel by easing the traffic bottlenecks, would assist the upcoming industries in the region and additional transport capacity to meet their requirements.

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

The nine projects, which include seven 3rd line, one 4th line and one doubling, are essentially required for removing capacity constraints, reducing detention and to cater for traffic growth in future.