Piyush Goel lays Foundation Stone for 240 km-long Railway Track from Khalilabad to Bahraich

The approved line is passing through the district Shravasti (Bhinga), which is an important tourist place and closely associated with the life of Gautam Buddha. The 240.26km broad gauge line will be developed with an investment of Rs49.39bn ($675m). The new track will connect remote areas of five districts – Sant Kabirnagar, Siddarthnagar, Balrampur, Shrawasti and Bahraich – and will be completed by 2024-25.

SANT KABIRNAGAR: Railway Minister Piyush Goel Saturday laid the foundation stone for a 240 km-long railway track from Khalilabad to Bahraich.

The railway track will be constructed at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore. The new track will connect remote areas of five districts — Sant Kabirnagar, Siddarthnagar, Balrampur, Shrawasti and Bahraich — and will be completed by 2024-25.

Addressing the public after laying the foundation stone, Goel said with the formation of Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, the state is seeing “double-engine development”. He said that no farmers’ agitation took place for fertilisers in the past five years and several development projects were undertaken in the interest of people.

“So, I hope that the BJP and its allies will win all seats in Uttar Pradesh in the coming elections,” he said. Earlier, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said Purvanchal has now become a centre of development work and this has been made possible because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Scheduled to be completed between 2024–25, the line will pass through five districts in Uttar Pradesh, including four aspirational districts of Bahraich, Balrampur, Shravasti and Siddharth Nagar, as well as Sant Kabirnagar.

Forming part of India’s North Eastern Railway, the Bahraich-Khalilabad line is expected to generate employment during construction.

The line will provide basic infrastructure support for industrial development with socio-economic outputs, offer an alternative route to Bahraich-Khalilabad and connect border districts.

In a statement, the Indian Government said: “The approved line is passing through the district Shravasti (Bhinga), which is an important tourist place and closely associated with the life of Gautam Buddha.

“Shravasti is also an important tourist centre for Jains as the Sobhanath temple is believed to be the birthplace of the Tirthankara Sambhavanath.

“The Devi Patan temple in Tulsipur, which is close to Balrampurtown, is one of the famous 51 Shakti Peethas of MaaDurga. The line will promote tourism in the region.”

Last month, the Government of India approved a Rs59.51bn ($820m) railway electrified line project in the state of Chhattisgarh.

The project will see the construction of railway connectivity on a 294.53km route from Katghora to Dongargarh.

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