Allahabad (ALD): There is need to expand the railway network in accordance with the increase in number of passengers and freight movement. Investment of Rs 8.5 lakh crores would be made in the coming five years for transforming railways in the country, said minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha while inaugurating the multi-functional complex at Allahabad Railway Station on Thursday. Three newly constructed escalators were also inaugurated.
He claimed that there would be a major ‘kayakalp’ in the railways as a roadmap has been laid for transforming the infrastructure in the coming five years. There would be an investment of Rs 8.5 lakh crores in the coming five years. LIC would invest Rs1.5 lakh crores and ministry of coal and natural gas would also invest. Japan has also agreed to invest in railways. Sinha informed about various projects to be undertaken at Allahabad station and adjoining places. In order to decongest Allahabad station, satellite stations of Subedarganj, Chheoki, Prayag Ghat and Prayag are being developed. An additional third line between Allahabad and Mughalsarai is being laid at a cost of Rs 2,380 crores.
A bypass line will also be constructed from Phaphamau, including a bridge over Ganga that will ease traffic congestion at Allahabad. Many rail over bridges (ROBs) would also be constructed.
Phulpur MP Keshav Prasad Maurya urged Sinha to start an AC chair car train between Allahabad and Lucknow. He also demanded that Allahabad-New Delhi Duranto Express and Allahabad-Mumbai Duranto Express should be made daily. Rail University and Rail Coach Factory should be established here.
Allahabad MP Shyama Charan Gupta demanded a daily shuttle from Manda to Allahabad for the facility of numerous MST travellers. Duranto Express should also run between Allahabad and Haridwar, he demanded. Kaushambi MP Vinod Sonkar said that proper railway infrastructure should be developed at Allahabad and Kaushambi districts, keeping Kumbh Mela and Magh Mela in view.
North Central Railway general manager Mahesh Mangal gave information about newly constructed multi-functional complex (MFC) at Allahabad station and three newly installed escalators. There are 51 rooms for passengers in the complex and also there is arrangement of food stall, ATMs, medicine and other facilities. He also informed that with the inauguration of three new escalators, the total has gone to five.
Sinha also launched a mobile van which would create awareness on precautions to be taken at railway crossings.