Cabinet Approves Railway Infra Projects Worth Rs 10,739 Crore

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the railway projects worth Rs 10,739 crore to improve and enhance the existing Indian railway infrastructure in various Indian states including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat on Wednesday. The meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.

The Cabinet has approved doubling three existing railway lines for 763 km and laying down two third rail lines for 514 km in some important railway routes in the country.

Union Railway Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu said “The benefit of these projects obviously will go to several states but two important states will benefit immensely, one is Gujarat and the other is Uttar Pradesh.”

Cabinet approval has given to doubling of Pune-Miraj-Londa railway line project at an estimated cost of Rs.3, 627.47 crore and expected completion cost of Rs.4, 246.84 crore with 5% escalation per annum. The length of the railway line will be 467 km. The completion period of the project will be five years.

Doubling of this line will greatly ease the ever increasing freight traffic between Pune-Miraj-Londa section, thereby increasing the revenue of Railways, said the government.
The another approval has given to doubling of Surendranagar-Rajkot project at an estimated cost of Rs.1,002.39 crore with expected completion cost of Rs.1,137.17 crore with 5% escalation per annum.

The length of the railway line will be 116.17 km. The completion period of the project will be four years.

Railway ministry says doubling of this line will greatly ease the ever increasing freight traffic between Okha-Rajkot, Porbandar-Kanalus, Veraval-Rajkot and Maliya Maiyana / Navalakhi-Dahinsara-Wankaner section.

The CCEA has also given its approval to doubling Roza -Sitapur Cantt.- Burhwal Broad Gauge single line project at an estimated cost of Rs.1,295.42 crore with expected completion cost of Rs.1,486.46 crore with 5% escalation per annum.

The length of this railway line will be 180.77 km. The completion period of the project will be five years.
Apart from giving approval for doubling three line projects, CCEA has also given its approval for taking up two third line projects between Vizianagaram and Titlagarh at an estimated cost of Rs.2,335.68 crore and Bina-Katni project at an estimated cost of Rs.2,478.23 crore.

The length of the railway line between Vizianagaram and Titlagarh will be 264.6 km and length for Bina-Katni will be 278.7 km long, both the projects are expected to be completed in five years.

Source: Information has been obtained from government press note, PTI

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