The railway line right next to the highway, the government is making a big plan - Newztezz Online


Saturday, October 24, 2020

The railway line right next to the highway, the government is making a big plan

New Delhi: The Union government is considering laying a railway line near a key express highway under proposal in the country. 
Meetings have also been held between the Ministry of Railways as well as the Ministry of Roads and Transport on the matter. It discusses how such corridors can be developed.

The new highways that the central government wants to build by 2025 include Ahmedabad-Dholera, Kanpur-Lucknow, Amritsar-Bhatinda-Jamnagar, Hyderabad-Raipur, Nagpur-Vijayawada. Consideration is also being given to laying its own parallel railway line along this express highway.

A senior government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the possibility of laying a parallel railway line on the Greenfield Express Highway was being considered. Currently, the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra and Chennai-Bengaluru corridors have been selected for it.

The Ministry of Railways will prepare a feasibility report in this regard. There are also a few questions as the alignment of road and railway tracks is different. However, officials believe that this will reduce the cost of land acquisition for the Greenfield Express Highway.

Currently, work on the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Express Highway is the first priority. The government had in June approved the new alignment of the highway at a cost of Rs 25,000 crore.

This new express highway will be the shortest route from Delhi to Amritsar as well as to Sultanpur Lodhi, Govindwal Sahib, Khandur Sahib and Dera Baba Nanak, Kartarpur Sahib International Corridor.

It may be mentioned that the government has announced several times before to invest heavily in infrastructure. On December 31, 2019, it announced the setting up of infrastructure projects at a cost of Rs 102 lakh crore over the next five years. These include power, railways, water supply to cities, education, mobility and health.

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