Railway track project by Dec. 2019

The doubling of the railway tracks on the Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge across the Ganga has finally started and it would be completed by December 2019.

By Our Special Correspondent in Patna
  • Published 12.06.18
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Patna: The doubling of the railway tracks on the Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge across the Ganga has finally started and it would be completed by December 2019.

The tracks would be doubled from Patliputra Junction to Pahleja Junction at an estimated cost of Rs 156.09 crore. The doubling of the tracks on the section is going on at a war footing and once complete, it will ease a lot of traffic pressure on the Patna Junction and Danapur railway station.

On the sidelines of Union railway minister Piyush Goyal's videoconference from Delhi, East Central Railway's chief public relations officer Rajesh Kumar said with the doubling of the track on the 4.5-km-long Digha-Sonepur bridge, it would be a boon for residents from the state capital to north Bihar.

Minister Goyal while highlighting the achievements of the four years of the Narendra Modi government said that in four year Bihar has received special priority in strengthening railway infrastructure, as the process of tender allotment for doubling of track on Rajendra Setu has started.

The new rail bridge at Mokama will be parallel to the existing Rajendra Pul. Ircon International Limited, a wing of the Indian Railways, will execute the project.

In March 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while attending a function at Hajipur, laid the foundation of an additional bridge at Mokama over the Ganga along with dedicating a rail-cum-road bridge at Patna and inaugurating another rail bridge at Munger.

The minister, through videoconference, highlighted the four-year achievements and initiatives of the ministry claiming that consequential train accidents has reduced to 62 per cent from 118 in 2013-14 to 73 in 2017-18, as safety of passengers and tracks have been given attention.

He said there has been an increase in 59 per cent increase in the average pace of commissioning new lines from 4.1km (2009-14) to 6.53km per day (2014-18).

As the minister was addressing mediapersons from 13 places, most of the questions that was asked were about trains running late, especially in north India where many times trains run late by six to eight hours. Replying, the minister said: "We are concerned with trains running late, but in most of the cases, trains are running late due to ongoing infrastructure work being carried out as track maintenance and doubling of track requires time and is important for passenger safety."

The minister, who was flanked by junior railway minister Manoj Sinha and Rajen Gohain from Guwahati also launched a new app Menu on Rails developed by IRCTC for creating awareness for railway passengers for items served to them on their rail journey. The minister also launched Madad, an app to expedite and streamline passenger grievance redress.