Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu Lays Foundation Stone for Elevated Rail line of Indian Railways to Eliminate 5 Level Crossings on Rohtak-Gohana Stretch in Haryana under Delhi Division of Northern Railways. Manohar Lal, Chief Minister of Haryana Congratulates Railway Minister for easing the life of Rohtak Residents due to this Project
Rohtak: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today laid the foundation stone for construction of 4 km elevated railway line on Rohtak-Gohana section in Haryana, through video-conference from Mumbai to ensure smooth traffic on road and track.
Speaking on the occasion Prabhu stated that railways would continue its efforts to extend greater connectivity in the State.
“This project is envisaged to provide safety for road-users in Rohtak. Railways have envisaged a modernised India through the various development projects and have constantly progressed towards that goal through new thrusts and initiatives,” he said.
The elevated railway line on the Rohtak – Gohana stretch would be constructed at a cost of Rs 315 crore and would help in decongesting Rohtak city, provide safety to road users by eliminating five busy level crossings connecting residential colonies and enable operational flexibility for the Railways.
This is the first ever elevated rail track of the Railways built for facilitating smoother road traffic in densely populated city areas. The elevated track would be built adjoining to existing alignment leaving 12m wide strip for construction of road on railway land and once it is operational, the existing would be retired. This project will be completed by 2018 when the work on bullet train project will actually start. The tender for preliminary works such as Survey, Geo-Technical investigations and Design & Drawing, etc has been awarded and work commenced.
Out of the cost of Rs 315 crore, the Railways will spend Rs 90 crore and rest will come from the Haryana government.
The project is expected to be completed by 2018. A number of foreign countries have preferred elevated rail corridors. This, not only ensures speedy execution of work but also saves human lives. Globally, a majority of high-speed trains have been operating on elevated corridors. Countries like Japan, France and Germany have developed elevated corridors for their high-speed trains.
The elevated tracks are safer as there would not be any trespassing on them. The experiment will also help study how elevated tracks will help ease traffic problems in congested cities and can become an example for resolving urban transportation chaos.
Constructing elevated corridors will save the hassles of land acquisition that can delay the project. An elevated corridor will be financially more viable compared to the compensation amount to be given to the land owners. Also, it will ensure speedy execution of the project.