Railways to extend 4 lines in Himachal Pradesh

SHIMLA: Railways is going to expand four railways lines network in Himachal Pradesh. Projects taken up for expansion include 63.1 km long Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Beri railway line at an estimated cost Rs 6,769 crore, 50 km long Una-Hamirpur railway line at an estimated cost of Rs 3,044.10 crore , 33.23 km long Chandigarh-Baddi railway line at an estimated cost of Rs 1,540 crore, and 112.9 km long Nangal Dam-Talwara railway line at an estimated cost of Rs 2,528.49 crore.

BJP’s Shimla MP Virender Kashyap had raised the question about expansion of railway network in Himachal Pradesh in Lok Sabha. In his reply to his query, Union minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain said the Railway has taken up above four railways project lines for expansion of network in Himachal Pradesh .

The MP said that Una-Hamirpur railway line expansion project has been included in the budget. He said two surveys have been conducted to connect famous Sikh religious place Paonta Sahib with railway network. A survey for new broad gauge track from Ghanauli to Dehradun via Baddi, Nalagarh, Jagadhari, Surajpur, Kala Amb, Paonta Sahib (216 km) was completed in 2011, he added.

“According to survey report, the cost of proposed new broad gauge line was assessed as Rs 3,746 crore with rate of return of (-) 0.40 %. Project could not be taken forward due to low rate of return, poor traffic and financial projections,” he said. Kashyap said the minister had also informed him about one more survey from Pehowa to Paonta Sahib via Jagadhri and Yamunanagar was completed in 2013-14. According to the survey report, the estimated cost of 145 km project is Rs 1,954 crore with (-) 3.90% rate of return.