Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
25-February-2011 14:34 IST
Connectivity to Unserved and Underserved Regions to the Rail Network

            In its continuous endeavour to connect unserved and underserved regions to the rail network, the Ministry of Railways proposes to take up construction of the following new lines:


i.                    Wadsa-Gadchirholi in Maharashtra

ii.                  Bhadutola-Jhargram via Lalgarh in West Bengal

iii.                Gudur-Durgrajapuram in Andhra Pradesh

iv.                Hansdiha-Godda in Jharkhand


Announcing this in Parliament today during her Rail Budget speech, the Minister for Railways, Mamata Banerjee said Railways are already executing 19 projects in the similar difficult and under developed areas in the States of Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Maharashtra.  She said the Ministry proposes to increase the allocation to these projects to Rs.771 crore.


Mamata Banerjee said a non-lapsable fund for railway projects in the northeast region has been created which will boost the progress of projects. She said all the State Capitals of the north-east except Sikkim will get connected by rail network in the next seven years.  The Minister said the prestigious Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla project is also progressing and work on India’s longest tunnel between Banihal and Qazigund would be completed this year.