Jasidih Jn (JSME): The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the construction of a new broad gauge line between Pirpainti-Jasidih (Mohanpur) in Jharkhand.
The total anticipated cost of ₹915.96 crore for this project will be funded 50 percent through budgetary support and 50 percent through the Government of Jharkhand. The line will be completed in five years during the 13th Plan period.
The railway line project comprises three sections – Pirpainti-Godda (60 km), Hansdiha Godda (30 km) and Hansdiha-Mohanpur (37 km). The rail link between Pirpainti and Jasidih is necessary for providing direct connectivity to business centres lying in the backward regions of Jharkhand and Bihar such as Pirpainti, Hansdiha, Godda and Jasidih. The rail link will also serve the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas of Jharkhand.
Approval had already been given to the Hansdiha-Godda stretch. Once completed, this railway line will become one of the most important transportation lines in Giridih district, which is not just isolated from the rest of the state, but has been in the grip of Maoist terror for a long time.
In his letter, Ramesh stated that the project, to be completed within five years, would benefit around 15 lakh people residing in these areas. He sought to direct the state’s attention to two problem areas. While land acquisition for laying tracks is a major challenge, timely release of the state’s share of the expenses is another.
In 2002, the NDA government in the state had entered into an MOU with the railway ministry for six projects, agreeing to bear two-thirds of the cost. Later, successive chief ministers, including the then BJP chief minister Arjun Munda, had protested and requested the railway ministry to revise the terms of agreement and restore the old system of 50% cost sharing.