Jamshedpur: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on Thursday inaugurates the Manoharpur-Posiata stretch of the third railway line being laid from Howrah to Mumbai through video conferencing from Kolkata.
Prabhu lauded SER zonal officials and project executing agencies for completing construction on time. RITES Ltd, a public sector undertaking specializing in engineering consultancy and Railway Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) completed the project in three years.
The 11.6-km stretch on the third railway line, which cost Rs 64.45 crore, is part of the ambitious 2,000-km Mumbai-Howrah third line project being carried out in phases. “Presently, work on the third line connecting Kharagpur to Jharsuguda (through Tatanagar) is underway and is expected to be completed in the next three years,” said senior commercial divisional manager of Chakradharpur division, Satyam Prakash.
The third rail line stretch – from Dongaposi to Raj Kharswan (35km), Raj Kharswan to Mahalimurum (10km) and Mahalimurum to Sini (20k) – has already been laid. “Work on the Manoharpur-Rourkela stretch is underway,” Sr.DCM/CKP said. The third rail line project commissioned in 2013 is aimed at streamlining rail traffic on the Howrah-Mumbai route.
“With the increase in freight activity and growing passenger strength along the Howrah-Mumbai line, the third railway line project was a necessity,” said a senior traffic rail official. Initially, goods trains will ply on the Posiata-Manoharpur stretch of the third line and MEMU trains will also ply on the new rail line.
“The Posiata-Manoharpur will ensure wagon trains ply on time as traffic congestion will be less,” said a divisional rail official. Presently, over 70 passenger trains, including mail, express, superfast and freight trains run daily in the Chakradharpur division.