During the last three years and current year, three Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) have been signed for construction of new railway lines with State Governments of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan. Details are given as under:-
On 31.05.2011, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Ministry of Railways and State Government of Rajasthan for construction of new line from Ratiam (Madhya Pradesh) to Dungarpur via Banswara (Rajasthan) (189 km). The overall physical progress of the project is 1%.
On 27.02.2012, a MoU has been signed between Ministry of Railways and Government of Chhattisgarh to develop three corridors through project specific Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs). The three corridors: Surajpur-Parsa-Katghora-Korba (150 km); and (3) East West Corridor: Gevra Road-Pendra Road (122 km).
On 14.02.2012, a MoU has been signed between Ministry of Railways and State Government of Jharkhand for construction of new line from Hansdiha to Godda (30 km). Government of Jharkhand has been requested for providing land free of cost for this project. MoU for execution of 6 cost sharing projects of Jharkhand has been extended on 14.02.2012.
Trains connecting various places, including tourist destinations, are regularly introduced subject to traffic justification, operational feasibility and availability of resources.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.