These Are the 6 Railway Projects Worth Rs. 10,700 Crore The Cabinet Just Approved


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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the construction of six railway lines and a bridge, ahead of the Railway Budget, at a meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. The projects will cost Rs. 10,700 crore.

The Ministry hopes the new railway lines will largely benefit freight operations and passengers. According to Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, the projects will be financed with extra budgetary resources but the Government has not disclosed the details about these resources. The projects are estimated to be completed during the 13th Five Year Plan period, from 2017 to 2022.

“These projects are largely in coal-rich areas, which will fetch us better freight revenue,” Suresh Prabhu added.

The approved projects include the following:

1. Construction of a third railway line between Anuppur and Katni in Madhya Pradesh.

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This will be a 132 km long railway line that has been approved to cater to an expected surge in coal mining in India. According to reports, the line will be beneficial for additional coal traffic coming from IB Valley coalfield in Odisha, Korba in Chhattisgarh, East Corridor, and Gevra Road-Pendra Road Project in Chhattisgarh. Coal output from these regions will be transferred through this route.

2. Doubling of the 261 km Katni-Singrauli line in Madhya Pradesh.

The two Madhya Pradesh projects will be worth Rs. 3,681 crore and will help connect the coal belt in the state. Doubling of this line will mean more coverage for the districts of Katni, Shahdol, Sidhi and Singrauli.

3. Doubling of the 190 km Hubli-Chickajur railway line.

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This line connects Chitradurga, Davangere, Haveri, and Dharwad in Karnataka. Doubling it will cost Rs.1,294 crore and it will help improve rail traffic flow and overall development of the region. The project is likely to be completed in four and a half years. This is an important rail link for trains between Mumbai and Bengaluru.

4. Construction of Wardha (Sewagram)–Ballarshah third railway line.

This 132 km line will cost Rs. 1443.32 crore. The project, located in Wardha and Chandrapur districts, is likely to be completed in five years.

5. Doubling of the 160 km Ramna-Singrauli railway line.

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This will cover Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and will cost Rs. 2,675 crore. Currently, the traffic utilization in the region is 105%, which leads to detention of trains and loss of revenue.

6. Construction of an additional bridge and doubling of railway line in the Rampur Dumra-Tal-Rajendrapul sector in Bihar.

This will cost Rs.1,700 crore and is located in Begusarai and Patna districts of Bihar.

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