6 multi-tracking projects of railways approved at a cost of Rs 12343 crore, congestion on the tracks will be reduced

Cabinet Decisions: Modi government has taken a big decision to decongest railway tracks and increase traffic. Six multi-tracking projects of Indian Railways have been approved in a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. These multi-tracking projects will also help in consolidating rail travel across the tracks, reducing logistics costs, reducing oil imports and controlling pollution.

The meeting of CCEA (Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs) was held on Thursday February 8 under the chairmanship of PM Modi. In this meeting, 6 projects of the Ministry of Railways have been approved which will cost Rs 12,343 crore. The entire funding of these projects will be done by the central government. The proposal for multi-tracking on the busiest sections of the Indian Railways will help reduce congestion and improve operations on railway tracks.

The government issued a press release saying that these 6 multi-tracking projects will cover 18 districts of 6 states of Rajasthan, Assam, Telangana, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Nagaland, adding 1020 km to the existing railway network and 3 crore people will be saved. People of these states will be able to get employment equivalent to (man-days).

These projects will be developed under the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity for seamless movement of passenger and goods services. The sections where multi-tracking projects will be worked on include Ajmer-Chandraya in Rajasthan, Jaipur-Swai Madhopur, Gujarat-Loni-Samdari-Bheldi in Rajasthan. Agathodi – Kamakhya in Assam, Lumding – Farkating in Assam – Nagaland and Motomari and Vishnupuram in Telangana – Andhra Pradesh.

These railways are very important for transportation of food items, fertilizers, coal, iron, steel, fly ash, clinker, limestone, POL. Multi-tracking will lead to a huge increase in freight traffic.

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