Rail service from India to Nepal via UP may start soon

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Published on: 26 Feb 2016 1:55 AM GMT
Rail service from India to Nepal via UP may start soon
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Gorakhpur: After rail services to neighboring countries Pakistan and Gorakhpur, India has once again stepped for starting a rail service to Himalayan nation Nepal.

Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday while presenting the rail budget for financial year 2016-17 has made some proposals for the railway line survey between Badhni of Siddharthnagar to Kathmandu of Nepal.

Presently Samjhauta express and Maitri express runs from India to Pakistan and Bangladesh respectively.

Survey of a 359 kms long rail route

A fund of Rs 54 lakh have been allotted for the survey of 359 kms long Badhni-Kathmandu railway route.

North Eastern Railway will look after this work.

How it will effect:

  • Will help in boosting tourism in both countries.
  • Will help economically.
  • Strategically it is of great importance as China had already stepped in laying rail tracks in Nepal.

North Eastern Railway (NER) would conduct surveys to start new railway lines:

  • 29-km-long railway line between Etah and Kasganj

  • 91-km-long railway line between Kapilavastu and Basti via Bansi

  • 50-km-long railway line between Anand Nagar and Gughli via Maharajganj

  • 67-km-long railway line between Basti and Faizabad

  • 45-km-long railway line between Hardoi, Bilgram and Kannauj

  • 170-km-long railway line between Malihabad and Itaunja

NER received a budget increment of 16 per cent:

  • The NER had received a fund of Rs 1140 crore in the last budget session, said NER’s General Manager Rajiv Kumar.

  • He also told that, this year, the zone has received Rs 1333 crore which is 16 per cent more than the last budget session.

  • This year, the railway department has received Rs 4923 crore for the construction of 125 railway flyovers, new railway tracks, gauge conversion, metro transport planning railway electrification.

  • In comparison with the United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) govt, this session’s overall budget is 207 per cent more.

  • This year, the department has received Rs 4923 crore for metro planning and railway electrification while the budget received last year was Rs 3405 crore.

Railway makeover in UP:

  • Rs 40 crore for the construction of route relay interlocking system in Lucknow.

  • Rs 8 crore to set up a megawatt solar plant at Varanasi railway station.

  • Rs 40 crore for the modernisation of bridge workshops in Lucknow.

  • Rs 6.37 crore for the refurbishment of drainage systems, roads, water supply, parks and ceilings of railway colonies in Lucknow.

  • 6.5 crore to construct washable aprons at platform numbers 3,4,5,8 and 9 of Lucknow (Charbagh) railway station.

  • Rs 3.44 crore for the construction of a new running room in Jaunpur.

  • Rs 22 crore for yard remodelling in Raebareli.

  • Rs 32 crore for yard remodelling in Pratapgarh.

  • Rs 60 crore to construct a railway line amidst Unchahar and Amethi.

  • Rs 10 crore to construct a railway line amidst Faizabad and Lalganj.

  • Rs 170 crore for doubling the railway tracks between Utretiya and Jafrabhad.

  • Rs 50 crore for doubling the railway tracks between Allahabad and Fafamau.

  • Rs 25 crore for doubling the railway tracks between Lohta and Bhadohi.

  • Rs 35 crore for doubling the railway tracks between Bhadohi and Jaunpur.

  • Rs 60 crore for doubling the railway tracks between Utretiya and Raebareli.

  • Rs 45 crore for doubling the railway tracks between Rae Bareli and Amethi.

  • Rs 32 crore for doubling the railway tracks between Alamnagar and Utretiya.

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