Railway nod spells cheer for traffic

The railway ministry on Thursday agreed to relinquish its land on which the 150-year-old Patna-Digha line runs, and it will spell major relief for residents and daily commuters in the city.

By Our special correspondent in Patna
  • Published 15.06.18
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The Patna-Digha railway tracks on Bailey Road

Patna: The railway ministry on Thursday agreed to relinquish its land on which the 150-year-old Patna-Digha line runs, and it will spell major relief for residents and daily commuters in the city.

The decision has opened the door for the construction of a much-awaited four-lane road from R-Block to Digha, which would help decongest traffic movement in Patna.

An official release issued by the East Central Railway on Thursday declared: "The Ministry of Railways has accorded in-principle approval for relinquishment of land of Patna-Digha Rail Line for construction of infrastructure for transport purpose by the Bihar Government on payment of Rs 221.7191438 crore, the value of land as worked out by revaluation committee constituted as per directive of Hon'ble High Court of Patna, BIHAR. The total area of Railway Land is measuring 71.253 acres."

Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who held talks with Union railway minister Piyush Goel on May 19 this year, thanked the railways and Goel. Modi said the railway minister imitated the move for handing over the land within 24 hours of the talks.

Road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav announced that Bihar Road Construction Corporation had been authorised to prepare a detailed project report of the four-lane road.

He said the width of the 6km-long stretch varied from 40m to 45m and the space for the median will be left for construction of the Metro line. Yadav said after the construction of the road, residents of Patna will get a big relief from traffic jam as it will also connect through a connection road to Patna Junction. He pointed out that people from Digha could go to Jai Prakash bridge over Ganga via Patna Junction by covering just 7km.

The railway track on this land is 6km in length and 30m in width.

Earlier, the railways had estimated that the market value of the land was Rs 896 crore but when the NDA government came to power at the Centre, it agreed to get the land revaluated at the request of the state government.

During the revaluation, it came to the fore that the railways could not carry out commercial use of the land because of its awkward shape. Finally, the value of the land was arrived at Rs 221 crore.

The development assumes significance as the state government has been trying to procure this land for constructing a road for the past several years.