Mumbai: In an important development, the state cabinet met in Mumbai on Tuesday to approve contribution of 40% of the cost of Nanded-Wardha rail link project. The 284km railway line will connect Wardha-Yavatmal in western Vidarbha with Nanded in Marathwada of Maharashtra – the route of which pass through the jurisdictions of Nagpur Division (CR), Bhusawal Division (CR) and Nanded Division (SCR).
About 119 hectares land in the 30.5km stretch has already been acquired and process has begun for acquiring 945 hectares in Nanded and Yavatmal districts. The rail line will pass through Pusad in Yavatmal district. Around Rs.93 crore has already been spent on this project. Of these, Rs.43 crore were spent by Maharashtra government while the remaining has come from the Indian Railways, official sources said.
The total project cost is Rs.2501.50 crore, of which the state has agreed to contribute Rs.1000.42 crore. This amount will be given to the railways in phases. Last week, the cabinet had also cleared a rail line between Wadsa-Desaiganj and Gadchiroli.