Gaurishankar Bisen meets Railway Minister, seeks Balaghat-Jabalpur gauge conversion

Agriculture Minister Gaurishankar Bisen called on Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda in New Delhi on Tuesday. He was accompanied by Jabalpur MP Rakesh Singh
f1नयी दिल्ली New Delhi:  Besides urging the Railway Minister for conversion of Balaghat-Jabalpur route to broad gauge from narrow gauge, Bisen and Singh discussed other problems of the region.

Bisen informed the Railway Minister that Balaghat-Jabalpur railway line has been converted to broad gauge from Gondia to Balaghat. If the 14 kilometer section from Katangi to Tirudi is converted then conversion of entire line from Balaghat to Nagpur will be complete much to the benefit of all. He also urged to construct over-bridges on all the railway crossings after broad gauge conversion. MP Rakesh Singh said that this is long-pending demand of people of the area. The work was started during the regime of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, but is still incomplete.

Bisen said that Jabalpur-Gondia broad-gauge project was launched by former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the cost of Rs. 511 crore and was to be completed in 5 years. But, its cost has escalated to Rs. 1300 crore now. This project was also mentioned in the party manifesto for Lok Sabha elections. Therefore, it should be completed at the earliest.

Bisen informed the Railway Minister about the need for infrastructure development of 24 rake points for smooth transportation of fertilisers in the state. He also urged to set up new rake points at Obaibdullahganj, Singrauli, Batwa and Budhni.