Hamirpur-Una Rail Line gets Centre’s Nod with Rs.2815 Crore budgetary allocations

As the Central Government has given its nod for Una-Hamirpur railway line, Member of Parliament Hamirpur, Anurag Thakur claimed that the BJP Government, in the last three years, has given healthy rise in allocation of funds for railway connectivity in Himachal Pradesh.

The length of the railway line is 50 km and estimated to be constructed at the cost of Rs.2815 cr. Commenting on the approval for construction of Una-Hamirpur railway track, Thakur said, “In June 2016 the survey for Una–Hamirpur railway line was completed and in the budget presented on February 1 2017, the construction has been approved. This is a testimony of the Central Government’s growth oriented approach.”

It was a matter of great pride that Hamirpur Parliamentary constituency will become the first wherein all three districts will be connected through railway line, he added.

He said, “Road and rail connectivity is of utmost importance to the economy of Himachal Pradesh. With the construction of Una-Hamirpur railway line, the pressure of road transport is expected to ease considerably.”

Anurag claimed that BJP government had been giving utmost priority to rail and road connectivity and in the Union Budget 2017-18 close to Rs.400 crore have been sanctioned for railway construction, which in itself is a record. For Una–Talwara Rs. 100 crore and Bhanupali–Bilaspur–Beri Rs.250 crore have been sanctioned in this financial year. Even in the railway budget 2016-17 Rs.310 crore and Rs.355 crore were sanctioned in 2015-16.

He said in June 2016 the survey for the Una-Hamirpur railway line was completed and in the Budget presented on February 1, 2017, the construction had been approved. This is a testimony of the Central Government’s growth-oriented approach.

Anurag said the road and rail connectivity was of utmost importance to the economy of the state. With the construction of the Una-Hamirpur railway line, the pressure of road transport was expected to ease considerably.

“The people of five districts will benefit from the railway line, as it is the first railway line connecting Hamirpur. This railway line will contribute significantly towards the economic advancement of the state,” he said.

Anurag said he had been making efforts to enhance connectivity in the state and this could be gauged from the fact that in the Union Budget 2017-18, Rs 400 crore had been sanctioned for railway expansion in the state. For Una–Talwara (Rs 100 crore) and Bhanupali-Bilaspur–Beri (Rs 250 crore) have been sanctioned in this financial year.

In the Railway Budget 2016-17, Rs 310 crore, and in 2015-16, Rs 355 crore were sanctioned, while during the regime of the UPA Government only Rs 40-50 crore used to get approved per annum for the expansion of railways in the state, he claimed.

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