Prime Minister Modi stressed on Railways’ need for faster modernisation and better last mile connectivity to various Indian Ports as one of the prime agenda in various meetings for regional economic development.
Jaisalmer: An MoU has been signed for laying a new railway line between Jaisalmer (Jodhpur Divison/NWR) and Kandla Port (Ahmedabad Division/WR) and hopefully the work will start in next six months, said Anil Singhal, General Manager, North Western Railway on Monday during his visit to Jaisalmer.
The Gujarat and Rajasthan State Governments will proportionately share the cost of the project with Indian Railways. Similarly, the first phase of railway dedicated freight corridor will get completed by 2018.
He said the project has been approved and the process of laying the railway line from Jaisalmer to Bhabhar has been started.
This line will prove useful in supplying necessary items to the defence.Singhal added that at leading railway stations, RO plants will be set up. A and B plus category stations of Jodhpur division are included in this.
The Railway Budget 2016 has allocated Rs.3,530 crore for various projects in the state raising allocation by 17% against the Rs.3,066 crore allocated in 2015-16. Eight flyovers and 36 underpasses across Gujarat have also been announced. The budget has also announced the electrification of Samakhiyali-Kandla-Mundra port and Rajkot-Sikka-Okha line in a joint venture. With the Rajkot-Okha stretch, electric trains would now be able to run right from Mumbai to Okha.
Apart from forming a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the ambitious bullet train between Ahmedabad-Mumbai, to be built with Japanese assistance, Prabhu announced that railways would enter into an agreement with the state government for Ahmedabad suburban trains. The SPV will be floated shortly.
Besides these long-term projects, Prabhu also announced survey for two lines including Valsad-Dharampur-Waghai and Delvada-Kodinar-Veraval routes.
A provision was also made for a new broad gauge line between Bhimnath and Dholera as well as conversion from meter gauge to broad gauge on Dhabhoi-Chandod extending up to Rajpipla and Chuchapura-Navsari-Tankhala route.