Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat go to polls next year. These two states are the major beneficiaries as per Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
The projects, including three for doubling of existing rail lines and two for laying a third rail line on busy routes, were cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) at its meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"I am happy to say that the CCEA has approved projects worth Rs 10,736 crore for doubling and tripling (of railway lines). There are a total of five new projects, three doubling projects for 763 kms and two third line projects for 514 kms."
In Gujarat, its a major push to Gujarat's industrialisation ability -
Doubling of 116.17-km long Surendranagar-Rajkot project at an estimated cost of Rs 1,002.39 crore approved.The completion period of the project will be four years.
This will greatly ease the ever increasing freight traffic between Okha-Rajkot, Porbandar-Kanalus, Veraval-Rajkot and Maliya Maiyana - Navalakhi-Dahinsara-Wankaner sections.
In UP, there will be continuous double line track available from Gorakhpur to Delhi via Sitapur Cantonment and Moradabad:
Doubling of 180.77-kms Roza-Sitapur Cantt-Burhwal broad gauge single line project has been approved at an estimated cost of Rs 1,295.42 crore. The completion period of the project will be five years.
The doubling of this line between Burhwal junction and Roza junction will fulfill the demand of the increasing traffic leading to socio-economic development of the area.
The traffic congestion through Lucknow will be greatly reduced.
Barabanki and Sitapur districts of UP would greatly be benefited through this project.